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Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Against Businesses Refusing To Serve Gay People

A small sample of Americans polled by Reuters/Ipsos shows that a majority of people believe that businesses should not have the right, on religious grounds, to deny services to customers based on their sexual orientation.

Issued the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Colorado Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple due to his Christian beliefs, nearly three-quarters of those polled disagree with the ruling.

According to Reuters, 72 percent of respondents said business owners, because of their religious beliefs, should not be allowed to refuse to serve customers based on sexual orientation, while 14 percent said they do have that right. Another 9 percent said businesses have the right “only in certain circumstances” and 6 percent said they do not know.

722 American adults living in the United States took part in the online poll.

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