Even though only around 4 in 10 African Americans support same-sex marriage, new research has found that a majority of them still feel that it is wrong for businesses to be legally able to refuse to provide goods and services to gay couples who are getting married.
The Pew Research Center found that 61% of the African Americans they surveyed agreed that it was wrong for for-profit businesses to deny same-sex couples goods and services based on the owner or employee’s religious beliefs.
In comparison only 45% of White Americans thought businesses should not be allowed to deny wedding related services to same-sex couples.
This was despite 53% of White Americans saying they supported the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Researchers at the Pew Research Center believe the high level of support among African Americans for gays and lesbians to be legally protected from discrimination may be a result of their shared experience of being discriminated against.
‘This may partly reflect empathy among African Americans for the perceived discrimination that gays and lesbians face in American society,’ the Pew Research team speculated.
Despite only 42% of African Americans agreeing with the legalization of same-sex marriage, 80% agreed that gays and lesbians faced a lot of discrimination in America, while only 61% of White Americans agreed that gays and lesbians were very discriminated against.
Strangely most of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center who disagreed that gays and lesbians were very discriminated also agreed that businesses should be legally able to discriminate against them when it came to their weddings.