Poll: Older Americans Don’t Support Kentucky Clerk’s Stand Against Marriage Equality

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Kim Davis explains why she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

A strong majority of older Americans disagree with the clerk in Rowan County, Ky., who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to an AARP poll taken Sept. 4.

Among Americans 50 and older, 67.5 percent said they didn’t think county clerk Kim Davis’ stand on religious grounds was right. Opposition to Davis’ refusal to issue licenses was strongest among those between 50 and 64, with 69.4 percent disapproving her action. Among those 65 and older, 63 percent opposed Davis’ position.

The AARP poll results are even more striking than a May 2015 Gallup poll, which found that support for marriage equality among Americans ages 50 to 64 had climbed to 54 percent, an increase of 6 percentage points in little more than a year. Overall, 60 percent of all Americans support gay people having the right to marry.

Davis acted to limit marriage licenses in defiance of a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that made marriage equality the law of the land. She was held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge David Bunning and sent to jail for five days. Bunning released her Sept. 8, with the admonition that she not interfere with her deputies’ issuance of licenses to same-sex couples.

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