Overstock.com Exec Says Churches Must Be Protected from Gays

The Deseret News came out with a weekend poll (jointly with KSL) that says 57 percent of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage and 36 percent support it. The poll also showed that 72 percent want places of worship protected from having to perform same-sex marriages.

J_johnsonOne business leader with a particularly strong opinion a high-ranking exec at Overstock.com.

The Deseret News reports:

Jonathan Johnson, executive vice chairman of the online retailer Overstock.com and founder of the First Freedom PAC, said it's shocking to him that some people think churches don't need protection. He started the political action committee to combat what he sees as an assault on the First Amendment and to preserve the role of churches and religious associations in society.

"It makes me feel like if a same-gender couple goes to an orthodox Jewish rabbi and says, 'Marry us in your synagogue,' the 22 percent would say he has to say yes," he said.

"I'm surprised that anyone thinks that the government should force religions to do things," he said. "But because the religious liberties issue today is so tied to the same-sex marriage issue, I can see why it's a sore spot for people."

Looks like they're overstocked on bigotry in Utah.