The results of a Rasmussen poll on the issue of Christian business owners being required to provide services to same-sex weddings suggest that how America’s citizens feel, overall, on the subject may well be a lot different from the popular narrative pushed by the so-called mainstream media.
1,000 likely voters were surveyed by Rasmussen on June 26 and 27, and it turns out that 57 percent of them support the right of a Christian baker to refuse to make a cake for a couple having a same-sex wedding.
Here is the exact wording of the poll question, as it was posed by Rasmussen:
“Should it be legal for a baker to refuse for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, or should that baker be prosecuted for discrimination for refusing to make the wedding cake?”
According to the results, just 29 percent of people think the baker should be “prosecuted for discrimination,” while another 14 percent are undecided.
The timing of the poll is meant to coincide with the recent announcement made by the Supreme Court that it will hear the case of baker Jack Phillips. Back in 2012, Phillips informed a gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, that he would not make their wedding cake out of deference to his religious beliefs. In response, Mullins and Craig decided to file a discrimination complaint against Phillips.
Commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, “The First Amendment has long protected Americans from being compelled by the government to advocate a message to which one objects. As Americans, our consensus on religious freedom has historically recognized the God-given right of Americans to live all aspects of their lives according to their faith. This is no different today. Attempting to restrict religious conviction to the four walls of a church is not freedom, that is tyranny.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large