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Most Americans Don’t Think Religious-Based Discrimination Should Be Lawful

Last week, the governor of Texas signed into statute a invoice that allows faith-based adoption groups to deny services” under circumstances that conflict with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs .” Reviewer, including the ACLU of Texas, say the new law could likely be used to discriminate against LGBTQ families in adoptions.

A number of Christian groups and stores applauded the bill. But according to a brand-new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service repudiations is quickly declining.

PRRI’s report, based on a survey of approximately 40,000 interviews, found that more than six in ten Americans oppose permitting small business owners in their country to refuse to provide goods and services to gay or lesbian people on religious grounds.

That’s roughly the same percentage that opposed such refusals in a similar survey PRRI conducted last year. But a dislocation of the results reveals that across religion groups, support for religiously based service refusals is declining.

White evangelical Protestants continue to be the faith group most in favor of religiously motivated discrimination, though even among these working groups substantiate has fallen. In 2015, 56 percent of lily-white evangelicals were in favor of allowing business owners to deny services to gay and lesbian people. In 2016, the amount had dropped to 50 percent.

No group evidenced a more dramatic shifting in ruling than Mormons, 58 percent of whom favored religiously based repudiations in 2015. By the subsequent year, merely 42 percent were in favor and 52 percentage were opposed.


” For the first time in a PRRI poll of this size , no major religious group reports majority support for religiously based service refusals of gay and lesbian Americans ,” told PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones in a statement.

This change appears to be part of a larger shift in accordance with the rules religious Americans view a number of LGBTQ issues.” Most religious groups today support same-sex marriage ,” Jones added.” The religious groups in which majorities resist same-sex marriage make up less than 20 percent of the public .”

Geographically, too, Americans demonstrate increasing support for LGBTQ privileges. A majority of Americans in every commonwealth except Alaska oppose allowing small business owners to refuse goods and services to gay and lesbian people, according to PRRI. The report likewise found that a majority of tenants in 37 countries are in favor of allowing same-sex marriage.

A majority of Americans in almost every commonwealth, eliminating Alaska, resist letting small business owners to refuse goods or services to gay and lesbian people.

Such repudiations tend to be more popular among Republicans than Democrat, even though support there is also hesitate, PRRI obtained. The Texas adoption bill was sponsored by a group of 55 senators and representatives — all of them Republicans.


Rumors swirled earlier this year that President Donald Trump was poised to sign an executive ordering that could allow almost any federally funded entity with a religious affiliation to refuse service to someone based on religion objections to same-sex matrimony, premarital sex, abortion or transgender identity after a draft order leaked to news stores. Such a move could have effectively given the government license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

In May, Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty that left out religiously based service repudiations and instead focused on awarding religions greater involvement in politics.

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