February 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A vast majority of Americans want the government to stay out of their personal affairs when it comes to defining marriage and how they conduct their work lives or businesses, a new survey says. And a great majority also oppose the idea of the Supreme Court forcing the entire country to accept marriage redefinition.
Eighty-one percent of Americans agree with the statement, “Government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses,” according to a survey commissioned by the Family Research Council (FRC) and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).
The poll breakdown also showed that 80 percent of even those who never attend church believe the government should leave people alone in observing their faith when it comes to marriage. While the figures were very high across the board in support of allowing Americans freedom to practice their faith pertaining to marriage, it was highest among Hispanics at 89 percent.
Along with profound opposition to governmental tampering with religious freedom, more than six in 10 Americans also agreed with the statement, “States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn’t force all 50 states to redefine marriage.”
That statistic is especially significant given the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of homosexual “marriage” this summer.
The survey was conducted by WPA Opinion Research, which polled 800 registered voters from February 2-4.
A majority of Americans, 53 percent, agree that marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman, the survey also found.
The results fly in the face of the presumption for Americans to concede that the whole country accepts homosexual “marriage,” undoubtedly telling a different story than what the media would have everyone believe, said FRC President Tony Perkins.
“It's clear, based on (this) polling, that Americans have not reached a broad social consensus that marriage should be redefined,” Perkins told Baptist Press.
A Fox News poll also found last fall that a more Americans oppose legalization of homosexual “marriage” than support, at 47 percent and 44 percent respectively.
A recent Associated Press poll said most Americans favor not forcing the owners of wedding-related business to go against their religious convictions by compelling them to provide services for homosexual “weddings.”
Perkins also disapproved of any effort by the Supreme Court to impose marriage redefinition nationally.
The court “will be at a point of overreach if they impose a one-size-fits-all definition of marriage on the nation by redefining it,” he said.
“What this survey tells us is that the American people won't accept the redefinition of marriage by judicial fiat,” he continued in a statement on the findings.
NRB Jerry President described the survey results as “incredible,” and also said it is a “slam dunk” for more than 80 percent of Americans to agree that citizens should be free of governmental interference in the practice of their faith, including in their businesses.
“Government has no right establishing speech codes or business codes on marriage and 81 percent of Americans agree entirely,” said Johnson.
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The Center for Arizona Policy also welcomed the survey results, further expressing importance of listening to the will of the people.
“It’s clear that marriage matters to voters,” the group’s President Cathi Herrod said in a statement. “Furthermore, the freedom of belief and the freedom to vote for a cause are of the utmost importance.”
“The Supreme Court should not silence the will of the voters,” she said. “What’s more, the government should not penalize people for believing that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Herrod decried religious discrimination with the recent examples where Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired from his job and Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman is being sued by the state’s attorney general and the ACLU.
“What should be simple matters of disagreement has turned into government coercion,” said Herrod. “Instead of respecting differences of opinion, the government is now being used to stifle differing beliefs.”
Perkins was confident that Americans will not stand by for the redefinition of marriage to be imposed by the nation’s high court.
“If it dares to redefine an institution as old as civilization itself,” he said. “Like life, the marriage debate will only intensify as the American people realize that they'll be required to surrender their fundamental right to live and work according to their beliefs.