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Majority of Americans oppose businesses being allowed to discriminate for religious reasons

Majority of Americans oppose businesses being allowed to discriminate for religious reasons

New polling by the Ipsos polling company for the Reuters news agency of the American public has found that only 28 percent believe that businesses should have the right to refuse service because they have a religious objection to a person being LGBTI or belonging to other groups.

54 percent were unequivocal in saying businesses should not have the right to refuse people services for religious reasons and 55 percent said they should not be able to refuse to hire someone because of a religious objection.

Only 27 percent said that businesses should be able to refuse employment to someone based on a religious objection towards them.

The same poll found 52 percent of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry in the United States – while only 32 percent said they were opposed.

However those who supported same-sex couples being allowed to marry throughout the United States were divided about how that should come about.

34 percent said the United States Supreme Court should declare it a national right in all 50 states while 22 percent said that state level voter referendums should decide the issue.

11 percent said state lawmakers should be responsible for implementing the reform and only 8 percent thought the US Congress could solve the issue.

But a whopping 55 percent of all those surveyed agreed that states that do not perform same-sex marriages should have to recognize the same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions like they do other marriages.

The Ipsos/Reuters poll involved 892 people and had a margin of error calculated at 3.7 percent.