A new Associated Press-Gfk poll has revealed that most Americans now believe that government officials should be required to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, even if the official has religious beliefs that oppose same-sex marriage.
The poll shows 56 percent of Americans now believe that government officials and clerks should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, regardless of personal religious objections. Only 41 percent of Americans polled believe that religious government officials, like notorious Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, have a right to deny couples a marriage license.
The new numbers signify a shift in thought from a July poll taken weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The July poll showed that 49 percent of Americans believed that officials with religious objections had the right to refuse couples a marriage license.
Surprisingly, Republican opinions have shifted the most dramatically in the past four months. While a majority 58 percent still support religious objections, the number is down 14 points from July’s 72 percent.
To be honest this shift cannot be entirely laid at the feet of Kim Davis, but let's face it when you are looking for the ugly face of Christian homophobia and discrimination in this country she turned out to be perfect for the job.
I am talking about the deep down ugly that she tries to camouflage with religion.
Because beauty may only be skin deep, but this kind of prejudice and hatred penetrates the marrow of your bones.