WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — According to a recent poll, most Americans say same-sex “marriage” is more important than religious freedom.
ABC News, in conjunction with The Washington Post, has conducted a poll to determine Americans' opinion on religious freedom, in light of the Supreme Court's decision to constitutionalize same-sex “marriage.”
Pitting “Equality Under The Law” against “Religious Beliefs,” the poll asked, “What's more important if they conflict?” Seventy-four percent of respondents said “equality” was more important, compared to only 19 percent saying religious freedom was top priority.
Critics note that the wording of polls is always significant, and can affect the poll's outcome. “Equality Under The Law” is an appealing phrase to Americans, whereas “Religious Beliefs” is rather neutral. The poll did not ask, for instance, “Is homosexual marriage more important than the Constitution's First Amendment guaranteeing religious freedom?”
The poll also asks about the plight of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a Christian who refuses to violate her “sincerely-held beliefs” by issuing homosexual “marriage” licenses.
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Respondents said that Ms. Davis should be forced to violate her faith. In answer to the question, “Should Kim Davis have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?,” respondents said yes, 63 percent to 33 percent.
Davis was put in jail by a federal judge for refusing to obey his order to issue homosexual “marriage” licenses. Among those polled who say Davis should be forced to issue gay licenses, 72 percent said they agreed with Judge David Bunning's decision to put Ms. Davis in jail.
Thirty-three percent of respondents said they were Democrats, 22 percent Republicans, and 35 percent said they were independent.
Of Evangelicals polled, 61 percent believe Davis should not be required to issue gay licenses. Among conservatives, 66 percent agreed. Not surprisingly, support for jailing Davis was stronger among liberals, Democrats, and those not religiously affiliated.
Davis will be honored by the Family Research Council with their “Cost of Discipleship Award” for her stance.
A majority of Americans support homosexual “marriage” in ABC/Post polls since 2011.
The poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, may be found here.