Study suggests anti-gay discrimination isn’t actually about ‘religious freedom’

Conservatives eager to justify discrimination against LGBTQ people highlight “religious freedom” as one of their primary arguments. If a business owner like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshops, whose case is before the Supreme Court, doesn’t want to sell a wedding cake to same-sex couples because of his religious beliefs, they argue, he shouldn’t have to. But a new study from researchers at Indiana University, Bloomington found that concern for “religious freedom” actually has very little to do with why people support such discrimination.

According to the study, published this week in Science Advances, when people are okay with refusing service to a customer because of their identity, it has very little to do with whether the refusal was motivated by religious beliefs. Instead, the individual’s own prejudices and the nature of the business doing the discriminating were more important factors. How the researchers figured this out is fascinating in and of itself. Read more via Think Progress