For social conservatives, the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling isn't all bad news. While Americans remain divided on the ruling, they're increasingly sympathetic to the cause of religious liberty--perhaps motivated by stories like the Oregon bakers who were fined $135,000 for refusing to sell a cake to a lesbian couple. And directly after the decision, support for gay marriage actually took a slight dip.

According to an Associated Press poll conducted shortly after the court's ruling, support for same-sex marriage was down from 48 percent in April to 39 percent.

At the same time, 59 percent of Americans now want business owners to be able to refuse service to gay couples for religious reasons. That’s up from 52 percent in April.

46 percent said businesses should be able to refuse service to same-sex couples regardless of the reason.

And when asked broadly whether religious liberty deserved protection over gay rights, 56 percent said that religious liberty should be prioritized.

The AP conducted the poll barely three weeks after the court’s ruling. 39 percent of respondents said they approved of the ruling, while 41 percent disapproved.

(h/t TheBlaze)