It's always been a case of "Majority rules and minority rights". This is why the founding fathers set it up that each state would have two senators regardless of the population in their territories.
It's very rare that a U.S. president is elected to office (without) getting the most votes. In the election of 2000 Al Gore got 50,999,897 votes and George W. got 50,456,002 votes. If the election was based only on the popular vote Al Gore would have been elected president.
The United States Declaration of Independence begins with:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Essentially this would go onto be our nation's moral conscious compass referenced and used to fight discrimination on every level whether it was intended to do so or not. We can't state the aforementioned are "words to live by" and turn around and discriminate against women, minorities, gays/lesbians, the elderly, and people of various religion beliefs.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" was a statement made to children to strengthen their resolve at schools and on the playgrounds. It was never used as a legal defense for bullying behavior, liable, defamation of character, slander, or discrimination to keep others from their right to pursue happiness. Slander is making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
Most conservatives consider themselves to be Christians. Even the bible lists "Thou shall not lie" in the 10 Commandments and the teachings of Christ says; "Love thy neighbor as thyself." and "Judge not lest ye be judged."
Having said that (the majority) is oftentimes a "perception is reality" sort of thing. Just because everyone in (our) circle feels one way about something does not mean a national head count of 300+ million people would reveal the majority are in favor of what we believe.
Most people don't bother to check the "national pulse" on hot button issues instead they end up preaching to their own choir louder and louder assuming they (are) majority. "Like attracts like."
There is usually a great divide between the majority of people (we) know and the majority of people period. One has to step out of their comfort zone to see the (real) numbers regarding issues.