Do Mormons support small business owners who refuse to serve the LGBT community?

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon and white evangelical support has dropped since 2015 for small business owners who refuse service to the LGBT community for religious reasons, so now no religious group has a majority of members who favor religious freedom protections for these proprietors, according to a new Public Religion Research Institute analysis.

Fifty-two percent of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were polled oppose religiously based service refusals, a 14 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, the survey reported. The group had the largest opinion shift among U.S. faith communities included in the report.

Public Religion Research Institute| Aaron Thorup, Public Religion Research Institute

Survey responses from more than 40,500 U.S. adults, including 723 Mormons, were collected over the last…

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