A new poll shows that a solid majority of Americans opposes allowing business owners to deny services to people on the grounds of religious belief.
This Public Religion Research Institute (PRRl) poll found that 57 percent of Americans said they oppose allowing small-business owners to refuse services to LGBTQ people if the owner believes being required to do so would violate his or her religious beliefs, reported Religion News Service (RNS). Thirty-six percent said they favor allowing businesses to discriminate.
RNS reported that among religious groups, 54 percent of white mainline Protestants, 66 percent of black Protestants, 52 percent of Hispanic Protestants and 55 percent of white Catholics oppose religion-based denials of service. Only two groups, white evangelicals and Mormons, favored allowing discrimination, at 55 percent and 54 percent respectively.
Conservative Republicans were more likely to support discriminatory service policies, with 65 percent expressing support. Among Democrats, opposition to denials of service...