New report shows religious groups support marriage equality and oppose “religious freedom” legislation

A data set comprising 40,509 people from various religious backgrounds were interviewed as part of PRRI’s American Values Atlas. The data reveals that 58% of respondents from American religious groups support marriage equality and 61% oppose so-called “religious freedom” legislation. The study goes into detail showing that Unitarian/Universalists, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, white mainline Protestants, white Catholics, Hispanic Catholics, and Orthodox Christians were the religious groups that had a majority of the respondents supporting same-sex marriage and opposing religiously based service refusals, while three religious groups that make up only 19 percent of the general population (Mormons, white evangelical Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses) show majority opposition to gay marriage.

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