HERE WE GO: HALF OF AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL UNDERMINES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM; Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, says, thanks National Association of Evangelicals and WOKE evangelical pastors. This is what you have wrought, and this is the last thing the church needs.
Despite many voters expressing support for the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, a bill codifying federal legal protections for same-sex marriage that the Senate passed last week, most Americans are concerned about what impact this could have on religious freedom, according to a new survey.
Rasmussen Reports released the results of a national survey Tuesday, finding that 62% of 1,000 likely U.S. voters approve of the Respect for Marriage Act that replaces existing provisions under federal law that protects any marriage between two individuals.
The survey was conducted in conjunction with Pulse Opinion Research online and by phone from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, and its margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
According to the results, 40% strongly approve of the same-sex marriage bill, while 33% disapprove and 21% strongly disapprove.
Voters who are among President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters were the most likely to approve of the bill. Among the group who strongly approve of the president’s job performance, 82% said that they approve of the same-sex marriage legislation.
In contrast, among the group of voters who strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance, only 14% said that they approved of the bill.
Regarding a provision in the bill that would allow “any person who is harmed” to file lawsuits against organizations that do not recognize same-sex marriage, 49% of voters said that they approve of it. Another 29% of voters said that they strongly approve of the provision.
However, 45% of respondents said that they disapprove of the provision, and 32% said that they strongly disapprove.
After the bill passed the Senate last week, Ryan Bangert of Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal advocacy group, stated that the bill “undermines religious freedom everywhere and exposes Americans throughout the country to predatory lawsuits by activists seeking to use the threat of litigation to silence debate and exclude people of faith from the public square.”
Source: CP, Samantha Kamman