AP Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage
By DAVID CRARY and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Supreme Court's recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided.
That's according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.
The poll finds a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Forty-seven percent say that should be required, 49 percent say they should be exempt.
Overall, if there's a conflict, most people seem to think religious liberties should win out over gay rights. While 39 percent say it's more important for the government to protect gay rights, 56 percent say protection of religious liberties takes precedence.
The poll was conducted less than three weeks after the Supreme Court's ruling.