More than half the country supports the choice of businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples per religious beliefs, according to a new poll.
An Associated Press-GfK survey found that 59 percent believed that wedding-based businesses should be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples per religious beliefs, notes the Associated Press.
The poll also found that 46 percent think that businesses, in general, should be allowed to discriminate against gay couples, while 51 percent do not support giving businesses this right to discriminate.
The poll said that 47 percent of Americans believe that government officials, who oppose same-sex marriage based on religious beliefs, should have to issue marriage licenses to gay people, while 49 percent would not force officials to do so.
The survey, which was conducted from July 9 to July 13, also found that 56 believed the government's protection of religious rights was more important than gay rights, while 39 favored the government protecting gay rights over religious rights.
When it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage, 39 percent approved, while 41 percent disapproved.
When broken down by party, 65 percent of Democrats support gay marriage in their state, compared to 22 percent of Republicans.
A whopping 72 percent of Republicans supporting allowing government officials, with religious objections, the right to deny marriage licenses to gay couples, but only 31 percent of Democrats support that type of discrimination.
2016 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently told CBN that, if elected president, he would have the U.S. government defend people who discriminate against gay marriage based upon religious beliefs, notes RightWingWatch.org (video below).
You can reverse the executive orders as it relates to how the president has said you know, you’re going to make this a mandatory issue throughout federal government. but you also, you instruct the attorney general to defend religious liberty and the rights of people of faith and conscience whether they’re business owners acting as individuals, whether they’re hospitals, churches, schools, adoption agencies.
It doesn’t matter what it is. That no one’s religious liberty will be trampled upon because they refuse to bow to something that violates nature and nature’s God. Words, that by the way, I borrowed right out of the Declaration of Independence.