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Support for Christians Refusing to Use God-Given Talents for Same-Sex Weddings Increases

Support for Christians who refuse to violate their faith is rising, according to one survey. (Kimberly Vardeman via Flickr)

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips is tangled in controversy again, despite winning his case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the wake of Phillips' victory, Christianity Today is highlighting a new PRRI survey that found that while public support for same-sex marriage has never been higher, "Americans are increasingly sympathetic to service refusals by bakers, caterers, florists and other small business owners with conservative religious beliefs."

The survey found that 46 percent believe "owners of wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse their services to same-sex couples based on their religious convictions" up from 2017, when just 41 percent felt the same.

Sam Rohrer, president of one of the largest pastors groups in the country—the American Pastors Network (APN)—talks frequently about religious liberties on the daily "Stand in the Gap Today" radio program and the weekly "Stand in the Gap" TV show.

"It's encouraging that more Americans are realizing that individuals have the right to refuse certain services based on their closely held religious convictions," Rohrer said. "One could argue that baking a cake or taking photographs is a form of art, and therefore, a piece of that person's God-given talents is being used for something that is not only against their beliefs, but against the biblical teaching about God's design for marriage between one man and one woman."

"Stand in the Gap Today" radio considers news from a biblical and constitutional perspective and is heard daily on 425 stations around the country. The show can also be heard live online from noon to 1 p.m. EST at American Pastors Network.com or find a station here.

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