From that perspective, economics and politics are the means to achieving these social ends, but there is no real consensus among Social Conservatives about which strategies would be best.Social conservatism is a political or moral ideology that believes government and/or society have a role in encouraging or enforcing traditional values or behaviors based on the belief that these are what keep people civilized and decent.
Again, from Wikipedia:
The result, from my perspective, has been advocacy for legislation like the Defense of Marriage Act which attempts to integrate social issues into law - by DENYING people rights. Its not about the marketplace or politics at all. Its about people being uncomfortable with something and willing it away (or trying to) through legislation. No law will stop people from being gay or wanting to form committed partnerships, however. If, it seems to me, one were to view it form an economic perspective, I think support of gay marriage (or just marriage in general between any two consenting adults) would make more sense. A formalized, legitimate household solidified and stabilized through legal marriage is a more stable economic force in society. And the laws that govern the rights of married spouses help protect this economic stability in the event of death, injury, divorce, etc.There is no necessary link between social and fiscal conservatism; some social conservatives are otherwise apolitical, centrist or even arguably left-wing on economic and fiscal issues. Social conservatives may support a degree of economic intervention. Many Social Conservatives support the fair market i.e. a free market with labor, social and environmental considerations.
On another note, I was recently reading an article about Holland and the way they structure their "social value" system. Rather than an emphasis on a particular religion, set of behaviors, etc., they lay emphasis on a broader set values like "tolerance" which I think is a crafty way of avoiding, or riding above, the particulars of specific behaviors. When you have an ever-changing population, focusing on specific behaviors as "American" (or Dutch or whatever) becomes very difficult to do. I think at least in part the anxiety some people feel about trends in our society is the result of this ever-changing set of behaviors. I'm not convinced that the core values have really changed, but specific behaviors have and that's what people tend to focus on. People wearing different clothing, speaking different languages, behaving in a certain way, or hanging out in certain places. These things can upset people, even when they don't really understand why. But if we emphasize tolerance, diversity, and a healthy cultural mix as our societal values, some of this stuff becomes a little easier to deal with. IMHO...