A new poll from Associated Press-GfK shows that the rise in marriage equality support comes with some caveats.
ABC News reports:
While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll…
About a quarter of those who favor legal same-sex marriage also favor religious exemptions for those who issue marriage licenses, the poll finds, and a third say wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service.
I want someone to ask these people if they would still feel the same if the word “black” was substituted for the word “gay”. If so, although I’d find their position morally repugnant, at least it would be intellectually consistent. If not, the question would point out the lingering homophobia that still haunts our movement.
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