A new poll shows that most religious Americans support same-sex marriage and are against policies that allow businesses to deny services based on their religious beliefs.
The Christian Post reports that a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that t58 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage, including those among the following religious faiths:
A plurality of Muslims supported same-sex marriage, 44 percent to 41 percent, and there was also an even split among black Protestants at 45 percent.
Only 37 percent of Mormons, 31 percent of white evangelical Protestants, 25 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses and 41 percent of Hispanic Protestants support same-sex marriage.
The numbers were even worse in terms of support for laws allowing businesses to deny services for religious reasons. Of the aforementioned faiths, only a majority white protestants favored such laws, 50 percent to 42 percent. Here were the percentages of the rest of the aforementioned faiths who favored these laws:
- 42 percent of Mormons.
- 34 percent of Hispanic Catholics.
- 31 percent of White Catholics.
- 30 percent of white mainline Protestants.
- 29 percent of Orthodox Christians.
- 28 percent of Hispanic Catholics.
- 26 percent of Muslims.
- 25 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- 25 percent of black Protestants.
- 22 percent of Jews.
- 20 percent of Hindus.
- 19 percent of Buddhists.
- 8 percent of Unitarians.
Overall, only 30 percent of Americans support these laws.
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy think-tank, told the Christian Post that most religious Americans “have acceded to the largely secular notion that societal and legal affirmation of a sexual and domestic arrangement is an intrinsic human right.”
“They are not very informed, even by their religious institutions, about why nearly all of humanity has privileged male-female marriage to the exclusion of other sexual arrangements,” Tooley said. “They might answer differently if they better understood that male-female marriage best protects children, protects families, protects women and men, and ideally places prudent boundaries on sexuality.”
In a society that is becoming increasingly secular, it is disconcerting that even religious Americans are caring less about religious freedom.