An increasing number of Americans believe that businesses should be allowed to refuse on religious grounds certain services to same-sex couples, according to a new Public Religion Research Institute survey.
In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that a Christian baker named Jack Phillips was wrongly punished for refusing on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
According to a report provided to The Christian Post earlier this week and embargoed until Thursday, the PRRI found an increase in support among surveyed respondents over whether businesses can refuse to offer services to same-sex couples.
The PRRI report drew from survey data from telephone interviews of 2,008 American adults aged 18 and over from June 27 to July 28 with a margin of error of 2.6 percent.
The research was funded by grants provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Arcus Foundation, the latter being a professed supporter of LGBT advocacy.
Forty-six percent of Americans said that wedding-centered businesses should be allowed to decline service to same-sex couples, a five percent increase from last year.
This increase in support for wedding businesses being allowed to refuse service for religious reasons compared to last year was found in multiple surveyed groups.
For example, 45 percent of African Americans support the religious objections versus 36 percent in 2017; Hispanic support went from 26 percent in 2017 to 34 percent in 2018.
Regarding small business refusals to service same-sex couples, the percentage of Americans who believed that small businesses should not be allowed to refuse service declined from 56 percent in 2017 to 49 percent.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski