AP-GfK Poll: Clerks should issue gay marriage licenses
WASHINGTON (AP) – A new AP-GfK poll finds that for the first time, most Americans expect public servants to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, even over religious objections.
The shift in public opinion comes after Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to gay couples and served jail time for defying a court order that she do so. In July, just 47 percent of respondents said public officials should be required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, while 49 percent said officials with religious objections should be exempt.
Now, 56 percent think they should be required to issue the licenses, and just 41 percent favor an exemption.
Davis has returned to her job as Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk, but her name no longer appears on licenses for gay couples.
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