Should We Fear Opinion Backlash on Gay Marriage?

Recent speculation about the Supreme Court’s rulings on the gay rights cases Hollingsworth et al. v. Perry et al., and US v. Windsor et al., has led some to warn of backlash—whereby a favorable gay rights ruling might lead to a surge of anti-gay opinion, which would ultimately set back the march toward equality. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart, recently countenanced these views when discussing the fight over abortion. Our research suggests that concerns about public opinion backlash on gay marriage are unfounded. [cont.]

Benjamin Bishin, Thomas Hayes, Matthew Incantalupo & Charles Anthony Smith, The Monkey Cage