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.