Last March, my JCN colleague Carrie Severino wrote an excellent USA Today op-ed entitled “Gay marriage victory might backfire,” making the case that our country’s experience with Roe v. Wade should make gay marriage advocates wary of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the matter once and for all. As she explained:
The case of Roe v. Wade is instructive, because it mirrors the current state of the same-sex marriage movement in many ways. By 1973 when the Roe decision was handed down, the political stars appeared to be aligned in favor of abortion advocates. Abortion enjoyed widespread support in academia and among opinion elites as well as in public opinion polls, and was making headway in state law. The year before the Supreme Court decision was handed down saw nearly 600,000 legal abortions performed.