Most Americans Oppose Restricting Rights for LGBT People

Sep 14, 2017

By Daniel Cox, Ph.D., and Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Wedding Vendors

A majority (53%) of Americans oppose allowing businesses that provide wedding services, such as catering, flowers, and wedding cakes, to refuse services to same-sex couples, compared to about four in ten (41%) who say they would support allowing these wedding-based businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Opinion is fractured along racial and ethnic lines. More than six in ten black (61%) and Hispanic Americans (68%) say wedding-based businesses should be required to provide services to same-sex couples. White Americans are divided: 48% agree that businesses ought to be required to serve same-sex couples, while 47% say they should not. Notably, there are no major differences among white Americans by education.

Two-thirds (67%) of Republicans believe wedding-based businesses, like those making wedding cakes, should be able to refuse serving same-sex couples if doing so would violate the owner’s religious beliefs. By contrast, only 40% of independents and about one in four (24%) Democrats hold this view. More than seven in ten (72%) Democrats and a majority (55%) of independents say wedding-based businesses should be required to provide the same services to same-sex couples as they would to all other customers.

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2 comments on “Most Americans Oppose Restricting Rights for LGBT People

  • Ah!
    But just think of those other countries where whole populations have the “benefit” of religious thinking in place of science based medicine!

    Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say.

    The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids education programmes.

    Earlier this year, authorities banned many private health clinics from providing HIV/Aids services, saying they encouraged gay sex.

    Homosexuality is a crime in Tanzania.

    Regional police commander Hassan Ali Nasri said on state television: “They are implicated in homosexuality. We arrested them and are busy interrogating them. The police cannot turn a blind eye to this practice.”

    On Friday, Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kingwangalla vowed in front of parliament to “fight with all our strength against groups supporting homosexuality in our country,” AFP news agency reports.

    In July 2016, the government banned the import and sales of sexual lubricants, with Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu saying it encouraged homosexuality which led to the spread of HIV/Aids, AFP adds.

    Gay male sex is punishable by up to 30 years in jail in the country.

    Despite the ban on homosexuality, Tanzania was until recently somewhat more tolerant towards gay people than many other African countries, but a rise in anti-gay rhetoric by the government has led to a spike in discrimination, correspondents say.

    In July, human rights group Amnesty International said the authorities were “arresting and prosecuting people on homosexuality-related charges, and subjecting them to forced anal examinations“.

    Ah! The “benefits” of religious dogma-based laws, medical services, and sex education!!!!

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  • @OP – Most Americans Oppose Restricting Rights for LGBT People

    . . . . Just like most Germans, and educated people in other countries!

    Does same-sex marriage have popular support?

    Yes – a recent survey by the government’s anti-discrimination agency found that 83% of Germans were in favour of marriage equality.

    The day after the Republic of Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage in May 2015, almost every German newspaper splashed a rainbow across its front page.

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