I dare the Democrats to lose the mid-terms if this comes to pass
Also, mid-term elections might well be a safe venue for the Dobson Right to air its grievances with the Republicans. Whereas during a presidential campaign they might be forced to plug their nose and cast their votes against the anal-sex loving Democrats, mid-terms let them apply pressure and cast protest votes in a manner that stings but still doesn't put them in the drivers' seat.
In any case, I fully expect to hear more about the sinful same-sex marriage issue and gay rights generally in the next couple of months; the barbecue circuit south of the border should be hot with talk about how other people should live their lives. After all, it's a bit of a stretch for guys like Rick Santorum to look like the give a goddamned about the poor, but when votes are at stake, it's real easy to make him look like he doesn't like gays. Because, well, he doesn't.
It's what they call "playing to their strength".