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ADVISORY PRESS CALL, MONDAY: New Poll Shows Small Business Owners’ Views on Denying Services to LGBT Customers Based on Religious Beliefs
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ADVISORY PRESS CALL, MONDAY: New Poll Shows Small Business Owners’ Views on Denying Services to LGBT Customers Based on Religious Beliefs

Washington, D.C. ­— Advocacy group Small Business Majority, along with the Center for American Progress and the American Unity Fund will host a telepress call on Monday, July 13 at 11:45 a.m. ET / 10:45 a.m. CT / 8:45 a.m. PT to reveal the results of a new scientific opinion poll discussing small businesses’ attitudes toward refusing goods or services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals, including denying services related to same-sex weddings, based on an owner’s religious beliefs. The poll will also reveal small business owners’ views on enacting explicit protections for LGBT people against discrimination in public accommodations and employment.

WHEN: Monday, July 13, 2015
11:45 a.m. ET / 10:45 a.m. CT / 8:45 a.m. PT


  • John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO of Small Business Majority
  • Dr. Laura Durso, Director of the Center for American Progress’ LGBT Research and Communications Project
  • Tyler Deaton, Senior Advisor at the American Unity Fund
  • Michelle Payton, owner of the Bride’s Shoppe in Great Falls, Montana
  • Robert Lange, owner of Charleston Intimate Ceremonies in Charleston, South Carolina

Call: (805) 399-1000
Passcode: 605872#


About the Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just, and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. The Center’s research has served a pivotal role in the national discussion about comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections, including the Center’s wide-ranging report “We The People: Why Congress and the U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections,” which remains the most in-depth and thorough examination of discrimination faced by LGBT Americans throughout daily life.

About American Unity Fund

The mission of American Unity Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, is freedom. We are dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBT Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone.

About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses today. We actively engage small business owners to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of 40,000 small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert contact:

Tom Caiazza at [email protected] or 202.481.7141.

Kelsey Bye at [email protected] or 202.289.0957