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Is homosexuality a civil rights issue? comment (0)

March 21, 2013


 

NASHVILLE — As public policy continues to change on the issue, a LifeWay Research poll shows 58 percent of American adults believe homosexuality is a civil rights issue and 64 percent say it is inevitable same-sex “marriage” will become legal throughout the United States.

Twenty-nine percent say it is not a civil rights issue and 24 percent say gay “marriage” legalization is not inevitable. 

LifeWay Research conducted a wide-ranging survey of American adults on questions surrounding same-sex “marriage,” specifically examining whether Americans believe clergy, wedding photographers, rental halls, landlords and employers have the right to refuse access and services to same-sex couples even if same-sex “marriage” is made legal in their state.

According to the findings:

  • 63 percent agree and 27 percent disagree that pastors should be allowed to refuse to officiate same-sex “weddings” if they are made legal in their state.
  • 58 percent agree and 33 percent disagree that photographers should be allowed to refuse to work same-sex weddings if they are made legal in their state.
  • 40 percent agree and 52 percent disagree that rental halls should be allowed to refuse to rent out their facilities for same-sex weddings if they are made legal in their state.
  • 27 percent agree and 67 percent disagree that landlords should be allowed to refuse to rent housing to same-sex couples if same-sex “marriage” is made legal in their state.
  • 14 percent agree and 82 percent disagree that employers should be allowed to refuse employment to someone based on their sexual preference.

“Clearly, Americans believe the prerogative exists for individuals such as clergy or photographers to deny services for same-sex ‘marriage,’” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “However, the level of agreement changes with scenarios that could be interpreted as more basic rights such as housing and employment.”

Consistent in all scenarios of the survey, men are more likely than women to agree these individuals should have the right to refuse services, rental agreements or employment — as are Americans calling themselves “born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christian.”

Responses were weighted by region, age, ethnicity, gender and education to reflect the population. The completed sample of 1,191 surveys provides a 95 percent confidence that the sampling error from this panel does not exceed plus 2.9 percent. Margins of error are higher in subgroups. 

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