A new poll from Christopher Newport University’s Judy Ford Wason Center For Public Policy shows Virginians do not think businesses should be able to refuse services to same-sex couples trying to get married.
The poll, released today, suggested “Virginia voters solidly oppose a proposal to allow businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian couples based upon religious beliefs” with 57% saying they oppose such a proposal.
The poll goes on to say opposition falls along party lines, but with moderates and independents both opposing such measures by at least 62%.
“The Virginia electorate has moved dramatically on same sex marriage since voters banned it by approving the Virginia Marriage Amendment in 2006,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd who oversaw the poll. “Today, a fairly decisive majority say businesses should not be able to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples even if homosexuality violates their religious beliefs.”
Del. Todd Gilbert and Sen. Charles Carrico both have so called “religious freedom” bills before the current General Assembly session. Carrico’s bill passed it’s first full reading yesterday, though could face opposition before next week’s crossover. Gilbert’s bill is set for subcommittee hearing today after the House adjourns.
Top image: Nicole Pries and Lindsey Oliver, the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license in Richmond in Oct, 2014