Majority support denying services for same-sex weddings - 288 participants, 1194 responses

Feb 02, 2016

The state of Georgia recently proposed legislation that would allow businesses to refuse goods or services for wedding ceremonies if they went against their religious beliefs. On February 2, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH businesses be allowed to deny services for same-sex weddings?”

“Should NH businesses be allowed to deny services for same-sex weddings?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents


Participation:

A total of 87% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 1,194 responses from 288 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 79% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing NH businesses to deny services for same-sex weddings.

  • "If you have strong convictions against same sex unions, then you should not be forced to violate your convictions.
  • “Every business has a 100% right to refuse service to anyone they wish.”
  • “The whole point of capitalism is that it is self-regulating dependent on the consumer’s choice… Anyone can discriminate against anything. Private business is private business.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 21%, opposed NH businesses being allowed to deny services for same-sex weddings.

  • “Anyone who's in business and serves the public must be required to serve all customers equally and without bias against race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or political opinion.”
  • “Discrimination against any person or persons is simply hateful and should not be tolerated in society, let alone the business community.”
  • “Once a business receives the benefits provided by the whole of society, they no longer can discriminate to the individuals who make up that society.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Expressing concern that the subject even needs to be discussed: “I am honestly disappointed in this state where we tend to be so ‘politically correct.’”
  • Discussing the nature of discrimination: “Why would someone want to give their money to a business that discriminates against them anyway?”
  • Debating the legal implications: “If a business can deny access based on objection to legally carried firearm, why can they not restrict access to other legally sanctioned circumstances?

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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Do you think businesses should be allowed to deny services for same-sex weddings? Leave a comment and have your say! 

Comments

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Chuck McKenney
- Nashua

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 8:02am

I am disgusted and embarrassed by some of the comments of the 79%. Anyone cannot discriminate against anything. Have these people ever heard of the Civil Rights Act (1964)? The federal government needs to add sexual orientation to its list of race, color, religion, or national origin. 

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