If social issues are dead, you could have fooled U.S. voters. In yesterday’s election, Houston wasn’t the only region to feel the enormous impact of issues like marriage and religious liberty. From Ohio to Virginia, the movement so often eulogized was once again the deciding factor in key votes on everything from marijuana to parental involvement.
Nowhere was the potency of social issues more evident than in the Kentucky governor’s race, where a trailing Matt Bevin (R) pulled off a surprise upset over Democrat Jack Conway, who paid mightily for refusing to defend the state’s marriage amendment as attorney general last year. Bevin, who was down in the polls as recently as last week, surged ahead on Tuesday’s ballots after making a point to highlight social issues. In Kentucky, home to the Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis controversy, the turning point for Bevin came when he made an intentional effort to defend the conscience rights of government officials.
In early September, reporters started picking up on the change in tone, noting that “Bevin fired off a series of tweets Tuesday attacking Conway for not standing up for religious freedom, and he held a rare conference call with reporters later that day to vigorously defend Davis.
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