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-Pew: Americans Split Over Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 11:43
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According to a recent survey by Pew Research, Americans are evenly divided over which is more important- religious freedom or LGBT rights.


Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

Out of a sample of about 4,500 adults, Pew found that 48 percent of respondents believed that businesses which provided wedding services should be allowed to refuse to service gay weddings if the owner has religious objections. 49 percent of respondents believed that businesses should be required to service same-sex weddings despite religious objections, and 3 percent said they were unsure.

“And it finds that Americans are more closely divided on two other hotly debated questions: whether businesses should be able to refuse service to same-sex couples, and whether transgender people should be required to use particular restrooms.”

On that latter point Pew found another nearly even split, with 51 percent of respondents saying transgenders can use the bathroom of the gender identity they presently identify as, 46 percent saying transgenders should be required to use the bathroom of their biological sex, and 3 percent saying they were unsure.

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Response: This survey shows that Americans are more evenly divided over these issues than the media wants to admit. However, judges and government officials have demonstrated in the past that they really don’t care what the public wants or supports.

Just 5 years ago the electorate in all 50 states would have voted against same-sex marriage if given a chance. In fact, liberal California did just that in 2008. However it is now the law of the land thanks to a 5-4 split by SCOTUS. Look for more of the same in the future, particularly if Hillary is elected president and gets a chance to choose federal administrators and stuff the federal courts with judges reflecting her views.               *Top


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