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Poll Suggests Americans Back Laws Like Indiana’s

The Democratic Party has launched a furious assault on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it appears most Americans support what the Indiana law intends to do, according to a Marist poll that predates the recent outrage.

The poll, conducted from Feb. 25 through March 1, found that 54 percent of American adults believe in providing religious exemptions to individuals and organizations, “even when it conflicts with government law,” and 65 percent specifically oppose penalties or fines for businesses that refuse to provide services for gay weddings.

This suggests most Americans oppose the furious attacks made against Memories Pizza, a family business in the small town of Wilkinson, Indiana that has come under savage attacks after its owners told a local TV station that they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked. (RELATED: The Real Story Behind The ‘Hateful’ Indiana Pizzeria)

Support for religious exemptions crossed party lines. While Republicans unsurprisingly were strongly in favor of protecting religious liberties, even Democrats, by a narrow 47-45 margin, supported religious exemptions to government laws, and they opposed penalizing businesses that decline to serve gay weddings by a 62-34 margin.

The poll surveyed 1,169 adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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