A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that the country is still very much divided over the question of the definition of marriage, especially regarding the inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights that ensues whenever marriage is redefined.
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.
The article goes on to note that, "The poll found that 44 percent of Americans favor and 39 percent oppose legal same-sex marriage in their own states, while 15 percent expressed no opinion."
It is as likely as not that many of those 15% are people who would, in private conversation, say that they support traditional marriage, but who might be afraid of expressing that opinion to a pollster or any other stranger, given the very public examples of hostility and bullying we've seen targeted at individuals and companies that take such a position.
Bottom line: the debate over marriage is very much alive - a fact the Supreme Court would do well to bear in mind when it weighs in on the matter later this year.