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U.S. Citizens of Faith Support LGBTQ Protection Laws

A recent report from the Public Religion Research Institute that was released on March 17th showed that people of faith in the United States support LGBTQ protection laws at a higher rate than the national average. These laws protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in the job market, housing market, and in general public accommodations.

Zach Dawes Jr with Good Faith Media writes:

Many faith traditions in the U.S. have a higher percentage of adherents supporting laws to protect LGBGTQ persons from discrimination than the national average, according to a report from the Public Religion Research Institute published March 17.

When asked if they “favor laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing,” 79% of all U.S. adults say they do. This is an eight-point increase since 2015.

Of the 18 faith groups represented in the survey, 11 had higher rates of support for such laws.

In addition to people of faith supporting protection laws above the national average, the report also found that these groups were above the national average in opposing the refusal of providing services or products to gay or lesbian individuals based on religious belief.

Dawes Jr writes:

A similar pattern emerged when respondents were polled about whether they “oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs.”

Ten faith groups outpaced the national average of 66% opposing such service refusals, with one group equaling and seven below the national average.

Read the full article, including the full report, here.

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