The judicial branch holds the power
The elected Legislature of Idaho enacted a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. A lawsuit and a federal judge overruled the elected Legislature and governor.
The elected legislature of South Dakota enacted a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. A lawsuit and a federal judge overruled and declared unconstitutional.
The elected legislature of Arizona also passed a law regarding abortions. A lawsuit and a federal judge overruled and declared it unconstitutional.
The voters of California significantly defeated same-sex marriage via ballot. A lawsuit and a federal judge declared it unconstitutional and overturned.
Case by case and state by state. Our Republic was founded with three bodies to govern, executive, legislative and judicial. Two of the three are elected; judicial is appointed - for life. Controls on abortion or the determination of same sex marriage in this country are not determined by the voters - they are determined by one person. In determining morality, a federal judge or Supreme Court Justice has more power than the president and pegislative branches combined. What they pass, he/she can overturn.
We never elect just a president for four years. We elect the person who determines the future morality of the next two generations.
Robert J. Frost