Study: Americans Think Businesses Should be Allowed to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

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With the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case still pending before the Supreme Court, many Americans have already made their minds up on LGBT rights.

Nearly 53 percent of U.S. citizens “support business service refusal by experimental manipulations” against same-sex couples, regardless of reason, according to a study by Indiana University Bloomington. Thirty-nine percent also think its ok to discriminate against interracial couples.

In the study of over 2,000 people, the group found it more acceptable for small businesses to deny service to same-sex or interracial couples than corporations. Sixty-one percent believe small businesses should be allowed to discriminate, while 31 percent support corporations to do so.

Notably, 45 percent of people said they would support businesses discrimination on the basis of religious exemption. Forty-seven percent said they would support a business who denied service on a non-religious basis.

“The finding challenges the idea that denial of service to same-sex couples is all about religious freedom,” lead researcher Brian Powell said according to PinkNews. “People may oppose same-sex marriage because of their beliefs, but their views about denial of service have nothing to do with whether the denial is for religious (reasons).”

The Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling is due later this year.


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