‘Settled?’ AP Polls Shows Support for Same-Sex Marriage Dropping Since Supreme Court Ruling

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After last month’s Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriages in all fifty states, the left did a proverbial cartwheel. #LoveWins trended on Twitter, every news page was dedicated to the news, countless crusaders changed their avatars to rainbows and companies polarized customers by loudly and proudly hailing the decision, while companies that observed sensitivity towards Christians were forced to remain quiet amidst the cheers of revelry and the kind of “tolerance” that passes as tolerance these days in leftist circles.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]So, with the Supreme Court on board, companies on board, and countless citizens finding it trendy to be a rainbow fanatic on social media, it seems that America has turned a corner, right? Same-sex marriage is here and that settles that, right?

According to recent polls, however, since the Supreme Court ruling, support for same-sex marriage has gone down.

Though it was always likely that a healthy percentage of Americans would maintain that it is wrong for the Supreme Court to simply conjure laws in defiance of our First Amendment right to religious freedom, the fact is that there seems to be fewer people supporting same-sex marriage than there were before it became legal- suggesting that, perhaps, some of these crusaders were less interested in the establishment of this “right” and simply more interested in having a cause for which to fight.

The Associated Press reports:

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

 

The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 percent saying that should be the case and 49 percent say they should be exempt.

 

Overall, if there’s a conflict, a majority of those questioned think religious liberties should win out over gay rights, according to the poll. While 39 percent said it’s more important for the government to protect gay rights, 56 percent said protection of religious liberties should take precedence.

 

The poll was conducted July 9 to July 13, less than three weeks after the Supreme Court ruled states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

 

According to the poll, 42 percent support same-sex marriage and 40 percent oppose it. The percentage saying they favor legal same-sex marriage in their state was down slightly from the 48 percent who said so in an April poll. In January, 44 percent were in favor.

 

Asked specifically about the Supreme Court ruling, 39 percent said they approve and 41 percent said they disapprove.

 

“What the Supreme Court did is jeopardize our religious freedoms,” said Michael Boehm, 61, an industrial controls engineer from the Detroit area who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent.

 

“You’re going to see a conflict between civil law and people who want to live their lives according to their faiths,” Boehm said.

 

Boehm was among 59 percent of the poll respondents who said wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples. That compares with 52 percent in April.

 

Also, 46 percent said businesses more generally should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples, while 51 percent said that should not be allowed.

Years ago, as Al Gore whipped The Daily Show-watching crowd into a frenzy over supposed global warming, he repeatedly maintained that “the debate [was] over.” As it turns out, simply putting his foot down did not make Al Gore correct and it did not stop the debate on the issue.

President Obama continues to maintain that Obamacare is the “settled law of the land.” However, when it suits him, he whips-out the White-Out and makes revisions to the “settled law of the land.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Similarly, those who felt vindicated by the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage proclaimed that it was the “settled law of the land.” However, it seems clear that in both law and social acceptance, it is far from being “settled.”

Already, states are gearing-up for a federalist showdown as states like Texas declare that they don’t have to issue same-sex marriage licenses as not only does the ruling violate the First amendment, but that they were not involved in the suit that went to the highest court.

And, as the AP reports, many, many Americans remain divided on the issue. After all, 32 states passed bans on same-sex marriage prior to the ruling. Such a majority does not indicate an overwhelming mandate of support for the unions that threaten the definition of traditional marriage.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][wpdevart_like_box profile_id=”335331839998647″ stream=”0″ border_color=”#dd9933″ show_border=”no” theme_color=”light” connections=”100″ width=”525″ height=”225″ header=”0″ locale=”en_US”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.
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