New research finds religious groups largely oppose discrimination against LGBT+ people

According to a recent survey conducted by the Public Religion Institute, 60% of Americans oppose laws that would allow business owners to deny service to customers based on gender orientation, while just 33% support such laws.

Majorities of self-identified religious respondents, including members of most Christian denominations, 70% of Jews, and 59% of Muslims, agree that business owners should not be allowed to discriminate against LGBT+ people.

The only major American religious denominations that recorded majority support for the right to refuse service based on religious beliefs in the survey were white evangelical Protestants and the Mormon church. 53% of respondents from each denomination believe such a right should exist.

The Supreme Court will soon issue its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case which involves a Denver-area baker who refused to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple, claiming it would go against his religious beliefs.

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