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Conservatives also are rallying research and rhetoric to support their position, as well as cataloging cultural skirmishes such as photographers and bakers who are being penalized for not assisting with same-sex weddings.

“No American — business owner or not — should have to violate their beliefs to compete in the marketplace,” said the Family Research Council, noting that 85 percent of 1,000 Americans in a Rasmussen Reports poll said a Christian photographer who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds shouldn’t be forced to work at a wedding between gays.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.