The latest poll gauging support for gay rights in America tells us religious beliefs are still valued over LGBTI people.
The poll asked Americans a familiar scenario: should a Christian wedding photographer be forced to work at gay wedding if asked or should they have the right to say no?
It found 82% of those polled said ‘yes’ and they should have the choice.
Another 10% said ‘no’ and the remaining number weren’t sure.
The full question read: ‘Suppose a Christian wedding photographer has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same sex marriage. If a same sex couple wanted to hire the photographer for their wedding, should the photographer have the right to say no?’, as reported in the Washington Examiner.
A more direct question asked which was most important: ‘Protecting religious liberty or gay and lesbian rights’?’
Almost a third (31%) said protecting religious liberty and only 8% said the same for gay rights.
The poll was conducted by Caddell Associates led by well-known US pollster Patrick Caddell.
The Washington Examiner quoted Patrick Caddell as saying: ‘When asked which was more important, by a 4 to 1 ratio, voters said protecting religious liberty (31 percent) over protecting gay and lesbian rights (8 percent).’
There have been a number of recent controversies around the rights of businesses to refuse LGBTI customers.
A pizzeria in Indiana said it would not provide pizza for a gay wedding and was criticized on social media.
In Louisiana, a bakery refused to cater to a lesbian wedding due to the owner’s Catholic beliefs.
The poll found that two thirds (68%) said that government should not be able to force any business to provide custom to someone against their religious beliefs.