"Dr. Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told POLITICO that young members of his community are no longer interested in vocalizing opposition to same-sex marriage. ‘Basically, they just don’t think it’s something we want to talk about," said Land, who strongly opposes same-sex marriage. ‘[They say,] "It feels intolerant. We believe what we believe, they have a right to what they want to believe. Marriage should be a church thing, not a legal thing."’"

Many Republicans, worried about primary voters, plan to try to get away with saying gay marriage should be left up to the states. That’s unlikely to cut it with enough young voters. If you oppose gay marriage, the Richard Land construct — "a church thing, not a legal thing" — is more sustainable.