A poll out Thursday shows a majority of Americans believe wedding-related businesses should have the right to refuse service to gay couples based on their religion.

According to the AP-GfK poll of 1,045 adults conducted online Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 57 percent of respondents said that business owners – such as florists and bakers – should be allowed to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.

Pollsters found that 44 percent of Americans support allowing gay couples to marry in their own states, while 39 percent remain opposed.

The country is evenly divided at 48 percent on how the Supreme Court should rule in cases challenging restrictive marriage bans in four states.

Among those who favor marriage equality, about a quarter think local officials and judges with religious objections should be exempt from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and a third say wedding-related businesses with objections should be allowed to turn away gay couples.

James Esseks, director of the LGBT project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the AP the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom “does not give any of us the right to harm others.”

GOP lawmakers in several states have introduced proposals which would give religious exemptions to those who issue marriage licenses.