Even religious Americans support same-sex marriage, dislike “religious freedom” laws
A massive, year-long study from the Public Religion Research Institute backs up with LGBTQ advocates have been saying for a while, the country doesn’t think you should be able to discriminate because of your faith.
The new study, released earlier this week, surveyed over 40,000 members of different faiths around the US. The numbers paint a dark picture for those who oppose same-sex marriage and think LGBTQ folks should be denied services based on a private business’s “religious beliefs.”
Almost 60% of Americans of faith support same-sex marriage while only 32% oppose it. Unitarians, Buddhists and non denominational Christians top the list as the most supportive while Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and White Evangelicals round out the groups most opposed. According to PRRI, those three groups only make up 17% of the US population.
As for businesses being able to refuse services to LGBTQs because of deeply held religious believes, often called “religious freedom” laws, the odds are even worse in the opposition’s favor.
61% oppose the idea with only 30% supporting it. The faith breakdown is similar with Unitarians and Buddhists topping the opposing such laws list while White Evangelicals make up the most supportive.
But the study went further and found those who oppose same-sex marriage still oppose religious freedom laws by a noticeable margin with White Evangelicals being the only group to stand by both anti-LGBTQ measures:
…majorities of black Protestants (66 percent), Muslims (60 percent), Hispanic Protestants (52 percent), and Mormons (52 percent)—all groups who themselves have ethnic or religious minority status—all oppose allowing a small business owner to discriminate against gay or lesbian people based on his or her religious beliefs. White evangelical Protestants stand alone as the only group in which a majority does not oppose religiously based service refusals by small businesses (50 percent favor, 42 percent oppose).
This data is particularly relevant as rumors of a Trump Administration Executive Order hoping to allow faith groups to discriminate gets passed around the White House – but lord knows poor opinion polls don’t seem to be slowing Trump in his first few weeks in office.
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