USA Poll: Large Group of Marriage Equality Supporters Also Approve of Religious Exemptions

Written by scott on February 5th, 2015

titleA 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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5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lucinda says:

    I agree about substituting the word “Black”. I think that would make a difference in their thinking…at least I hope it would…

  2. Eric Osterberg says:

    We need to educate them about the meaning of civil, equal rights and what freedom of religion means. Civil, equal rights are for all American citizens. Freedom of religion means exercising religious beliefs within a religion. These religious beliefs must not be forced on others outside that religion.
    Profit making businesses are just that and are not to be mixed with non-taxpaying religious institutions.

  3. Byron Roberts says:

    This sadly reflects the deep rooted bigotry of Americans. All American minorities have faced it, be they racial, religious or ethnic minorities! We can’t even pass a Women’s Equal Rights Amendment, in this country. And most folks fall back on some phoney religious justification for their bigotry!!! Sad

  4. Sean Mullins-Rothrock says:

    This poll is very wrong. This makes no sense at all! Who did this poll, the mormons?!?! This is exactly what they announced to the public!! They quoted the exact words: we approve same sex marriages but allow us to religiously discriminate you! Rubish!! Complete nonsense!

  5. Mark says:

    If we as a population allow this kind of discrimination we will open the door to allowing them to discriminate on the basis of other “ideas”.

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