Not terribly long ago, the notion of the national Congress and the President interfering in a private family matter such as the Terri Schiavo case, purposefully usurping the traditional vested authority of the state courts in such matters, would have caused ulcers -- or at least severe acid reflux -- in the guts of conservatives all across this broad land. Only liberals would abuse the power of the national government to override state or local authority, especially in a matter of family and faith. Such nonsense was conservative apostasy.
Then we fell down the rabbit hole and everything is topsy-turvy. Andrew Sullivan makes a very sophisticated case that the dividing line of the old conservatism and this new brand is doubt and faith. Very interesting and whether or not you ever cared about conservatism, this matters in the coming battles to use government to make LGBT's second class citizens.