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Survey Finds Many Americans Favor Allowing Wedding Related Business Owners to Deny Service to Same-Sex Couples

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A new survey finds most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, but those restrictions should stop there.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, 57 percent of Americans think wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse services to gay and lesbian couples because of religious objections, while 39 percent think that should not be allowed.

That poll also found half of Americans think state and local officials who issue marriage licenses in states where it is legal for gay couples to marry should be exempt from issuing licenses to same-sex couples if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Slightly fewer (46 percent) said they should still be required to issue them.

The issue has become a topic for heated debate after critics of Indiana’s recently adopted Religious Freedom Restoration Act charged that the law was intended to permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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