Christians don’t want their faith to be a coverage of homophobia

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The majority of Christians in the United States do not support so-called religious freedom as an excuse of discrimination against sexual minorities. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have pledged their support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which would protect religious people letting them deny top serve LGBT. Hardline Republicans claim that the law is an important safeguard for religious freedom, but religious people did not want to be ‘free’ through offending someone. The news comes from research from the Public Religion Research Institute, which polled 40,000 people across America about the law and the meaning of religious freedom. The polling reveals that more than six in ten (61%) Americans oppose allowing small business owners to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people. Three in ten (30%) Americans support their right to to do so, and we are not talking about only one church or denomination. 62% of white mainline protestants now oppose the laws, alongside 66% of black protestants, 52% of hispanic protestants, and 62% of Catholics. The law garnered more support among fringe religions, but even then only half (50%) of white evangelicals and and fewer than half of Mormons (42%) believed in the right to discriminate.

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