Report finds majority of Americans support LGBT+ rights

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To the surprise of some, a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has found that most Americans oppose restricting the rights of LGBT+ people.

After receiving quite a few mixed messages from the Trump administration, this seems difficult to believe.

Nevertheless, key statistics from the report include that:

     • “56% of Americans oppose allowing small business owners in their state to refuse services or goods to gay and lesbian people if doing so violates their religious beliefs.”

     • “64% of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve.”

     • “66% of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.”

     • “68% of the public oppose allowing agencies that receive federal funding to refuse placing children with gay or lesbian people.”

     • “53% of Americans oppose allowing businesses that provide wedding services, such as catering,
        flowers, and wedding cakes, to refuse services to same-sex couples.”

These are most of the key points found. The rest may be located here.

When viewing the information, it is generally uplifting. However, what can be a bit concerning is the breakdown of support based upon religion/race.

For example, when it comes to the question, “should wedding-based businesses be required to provide services to same-sex couples?,” responses were alarming in some demographics.

When it came to Americans in general, the population was more so in favor of businesses being required to do business with LGBT+ individuals regardless of religious convictions.

The groups that were majority on the opposing side (allowing businesses to discriminate) included: White evangelical Protestant, White Catholic, Black Protestant, Non-Christian religion, unaffiliated and Hispanic Catholic. The one group that didn't’t see a huge disparagement in their decision was White mainline Protestant.

On the report, one can access further breakdowns of each key finding.

Copyright The Gayly – 9/14/2017 3:57 p.m. CST