Supreme Provocation on Marriage Equality?

While we are mulling the conservative reaction to their eroding position on marriage equality, and the strain that is going to put on the GOP’s presidential field, Greg Sargent has an interesting and very realistic hypothetical:

[W]hat happens if the Supreme Court declares a Constitutional right to gay marriage this summer? Do Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee demand a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution and challenge Bush and Scott Walker to join them?

The answer to Greg’s specific question is “Yes.” But the real conservative position–since a constitutional amendment clearly ain’t happening–may depend on the configuration of the Court. If it’s a 5-4 decision with Kennedy as the swing vote, then the ruling will simply join the big abortion rights precedents as first on the docket for reversal by a newly solidified conservative Court majority once President Walker or Bush or whoever has been in office a while. Because Dred Scott.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.