Poll: Most say businesses should have to serve same-sex weddings
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A majority of Americans think that business owners should not be allowed to refuse service to a wedding for a gay or lesbian couple if they object to same-sex marriage, a new poll finds.

Fifty-seven percent of people feel that wedding-related businesses should have to serve lesbian and gay couples in the same way they serve straight couples, even if their owners object to same-sex nuptials because of their religion, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Forty-one percent believe that they should not have to provide services to the wedding.
The CNN poll had a sample of 1,018 adults and a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. It was conducted between April 16 and 19.

A September 2014 Pew Research Center poll found that 49 percent said that business should be required to provide wedding-related service to gay couples, regardless of their religious beliefs. Forty-seven percent said they should not.

The findings provide context for a running national debate over state-level “religious freedom” laws that critics say would give businesses a license to discriminate against gay customers.

But supporters of the laws say that they would only end up being used when it came to same-sex wedding ceremonies — and that the laws do not condone discrimination.

Governors in Arkansas and Indiana backed down in recent weeks as they tried to pass similar “religious freedom” laws. In both cases, the governors asked that the laws be modified because they were being criticized.

The laws came under fire from business, with at least one corporation canceling an expansion plan worth millions of dollars in Indiana over the law.