Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!



New Landmark Survey of 50 States Finds Broad Support for LGBT Rights

This article shared 3629 times since Tue Mar 26, 2019
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

WASHINGTON — A landmark national survey of over 40,000 Americans, including results for all 50 states, released today by PRRI finds approximately seven in 10 ( 69 percent ) Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people today. The survey also finds nearly six in 10 ( 57 percent ) Americans oppose allowing small businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian people based on religious objections. More than six in 10 ( 62 percent ) Americans also support same-sex marriage. The only major groups in which a majority oppose same-sex marriage are white evangelical Protestants and Republicans.

Majorities in All States Support Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People

Approximately seven in 10 ( 69 percent ) Americans—including majorities in all 50 states—favor laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing, virtually unchanged from 2017 levels ( 70 percent ). Though support is highest in Northeastern ( 72 percent ) and Western ( 72 percent ) states, majorities in the Midwest ( 68 percent ) and South ( 65 percent ) are also supportive. Even in states with the lowest levels of support, such as South Carolina ( 58 percent ) and Arkansas ( 56 percent ), solid majorities support these policies.

"The broad support for laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination represents a rarity in our polarized politics today—an issue that actually brings Americans together across partisan, religious, and geographic lines," notes PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones.

The nationwide strength of support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people transcends age and religion. Three in four Americans ages 18-29 ( 76 percent ) favor these protections, as do 59 percent of Americans ages 65 and over.

Solid majorities of all major religious groups in the U.S. support laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and the workplace. Among major religious groups, the strongest supporters of LGBT nondiscrimination protections are Unitarian Universalists ( 90 percent ), Jews ( 80 percent ), Hindus ( 79 percent ), Buddhists ( 75 percent ), and religiously unaffiliated Americans ( 78 percent ). Even majorities of faith traditions that have been historically more opposed to LGBT rights support these protections. Fully seven in 10 Mormons ( 70 percent ), along with 65 percent of black Protestants, 60 percent of Muslims, 54 percent of white evangelical Protestants, and 53 percent of Jehovah's Witnesses favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws.

Majorities of Democrats ( 79 percent ), independents ( 70 percent ), and Republicans ( 56 percent ) also favor such protections, though Republican support has slipped five percentage points over the last few years, down from 61 percent support in 2015.

All Racial Groups, Most Religious Groups Oppose Allowing Businesses to Refuse Services to LGBT Customers

A majority of Americans ( 57 percent ) oppose allowing a small business owner in their state to refuse products or services to gay or lesbian people based on their religious beliefs. Opposition to religiously-based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people is slightly lower than support in 2017 ( 60 percent ) and 2016 ( 61 percent ) but consistent with support levels in 2015 ( 59 percent ).

Majorities of residents in 40 states believe small business owners in their state should not be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. While there are no states in which a majority support religiously-based refusals to serve gay or lesbian people, opposition falls short of a majority in 10 states: Arkansas ( 50 percent ), Kansas ( 50 percent ), Alabama ( 49 percent ), Nevada ( 49 percent ), Utah ( 49 percent ), Louisiana ( 48 percent ), Oklahoma ( 48 percent ), Idaho ( 47 percent ), Tennessee ( 47 percent ). Alaska is the only state with plurality support for religiously-based service refusals ( 46 percent favor, 42 percent oppose ).

Younger Americans ages 18-29 ( 63 percent ) are noticeably more likely than seniors over the age of 65 ( 52 percent ) to oppose religiously-based refusals to serve gay or lesbian people.

Americans of all racial and ethnic groups oppose religiously-based service refusals. Black ( 66 percent ) and Hispanic ( 60 percent ) Americans are most likely to oppose allowing businesses to refuse service to gay or lesbian people because of religious objections. White ( 54 percent ) and Native Americans ( 52 percent ) are least likely to oppose such service refusals, though a majority remain against them.

Majorities of most major religious groups oppose religiously-based refusals to serve gay or lesbian people. The greatest opposition comes from Unitarian Universalists ( 83 percent ), Jews ( 68 percent ), religiously unaffiliated Americans ( 66 percent ), Buddhists ( 66 percent ) and Muslims ( 60 percent ). White evangelical Protestants ( 55 percent ) and Mormons ( 54 percent ) are the only religious groups where a majority support allowing small business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Jehovah's Witnesses have no majority opinion: a plurality ( 43 percent ) are opposed, while almost as many are in favor ( 39 percent ); 18 percent offer no opinion.

Opposition to religiously-based service refusals varies dramatically by political affiliation. Three-quarters of Democrats ( 75 percent ) and a majority of independents ( 56 percent ) oppose allowing businesses to refuse service to gay or lesbian people based on religious objections. Only 36 percent of Republicans oppose religiously-based refusals to serve gay or lesbian people, compared to nearly six in 10 ( 59 percent ) who support such a policy. Conservative Republicans exhibit significantly more support for religiously-based service refusals ( 65 percent ), compared to moderate ( 44 percent ) and liberal ( 35 percent ) Republicans.

Support for Same-Sex Marriage Remains Widespread

Support for same-sex marriage has continued growing since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 rule that established a constitutional right to marry for same-sex couples. More than six in 10 ( 62 percent ) Americans now say gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry legally, while only about half as many ( 30 percent ) are opposed. The increased support for same-sex marriage over the last decade has been dramatic: In 2007, over one in three ( 36 percent ) Americans supported same-sex marriage, while 55 percent were opposed.

Majority support for same-sex marriage extends across all regions of the nation. Residents of Northeastern ( 70 percent ) and Western ( 67 percent ) states are the strongest supporters of same-sex marriage. Robust majorities in the Midwest ( 60 percent ) and South ( 56 percent ) support it as well.

Nearly eight in 10 ( 79 percent ) young Americans ( ages 18-29 ) support gay marriage, with only 16 percent opposed. Even among seniors ( ages 65 and older ), nearly half ( 49 percent ) favor same-sex marriage today, compared to 43 percent who are opposed.

Majorities of all racial and ethnic groups support same-sex marriage. The strongest levels of support come from Asian-Pacific Islander Americans ( 75 percent ), Americans who identify with another race or as mixed race ( 68 percent ), and Hispanic Americans ( 65 percent ). But majorities of white ( 62 percent ), black ( 56 percent ), and Native Americans ( 55 percent ) also support same-sex marriage.

Most major religious groups in the U.S. now support same-sex marriage, including an overwhelming majority of religiously unaffiliated Americans ( 82 percent ). White evangelical Protestants are the only major religious group in which a majority oppose same-sex marriage ( 31 percent favor, 60 percent oppose ).

Strong majorities of Democrats ( 77 percent ) and independents ( 65 percent ) favor same-sex marriage. While only four in 10 ( 41 percent ) of Republicans currently favor same-sex marriage, support among Republicans has risen by 10 percentage points since 2011, when only 31 percent favored this policy.


The American Values Atlas ( AVA ) is a project of PRRI. The survey was designed and conducted by PRRI and was made possible by generous grants from The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, The Gill Foundation, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the United Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Results for the nondiscrimination laws and religiously-based service refusal questions are based on a subset of 40,292 telephone interviews ( including 24,149 cell phone interviews ) conducted between March 14, 2018 and December 16, 2018. The margin of error for these questions is +/- 0.5 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. Results for the same-sex marriage question are based on a subset of 4,028 telephone interviews ( including 2,413 cell phone interviews ) conducted between March 14, 2018 and March 25, 2018 and between June 27, 2018 and July 8, 2018. The margin of error for the same-sex marriage question subsample is +/-1.5 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.

About PRRI:

PRRI is a 501( c )( 3 ) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.

—From a press release

This article shared 3629 times since Tue Mar 26, 2019
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

NATIONAL Conversion therapy, AIDS event, COVID measure, gay Republican, UNO
In Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted unanimously to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors, reported. The vote made Lexington the third city in Kentucky, along with Louisville and Covington, to ban the controversial ...

Gay News

WORLD: Toronto schools, shocking death, trans women sentenced, Elton John
The Toronto Catholic District School Board plans to celebrate Pride Month every June, starting this year, reported. The board's trustees voted in favor of flying rainbow flags outside its office and all of its schools ...

Gay News

Tennessee governor signs anti-trans 'bathroom bill'
On May 14, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed House Bill 1233 (Senate Bill 1367)—an anti-transgender "bathroom bill"—into law, The Advocate reported. The statute will deny trans students and staff in ...

Gay News

Former Chicago Blackhawk files sexual-assault suit against team
Attorney Susan E. Loggins—who represents a former Chicago Blackhawks player in a sexual-assault lawsuit against the team—told the Chicago Tribune that she intends to call a former teammate as a witness in the case. Loggins also ...

Gay News

Black Lives, Black Words Int'l Project, Writers Theatre to premier Ride Share
--From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Black Lives, Black Words co-founders Reginald Edmund and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Ride Share, a new ...

Gay News

Federal judge hears incarcerated trans woman's motion
On May 12, a federal judge heard an emergency motion in a case charging the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) with violating the constitutional rights of Ashley Diamond—a Black transgender woman currently incarcerated in a men's ...

Gay News

Ann Hampton Callaway releases 'Revelation'
--From a press release - The latest in a string of singles, Ann Hampton Callaway, releases "Revelation", a song she composed to a Robert Frost poem which she kept in her jeans pocket when she was a teenager. Callaway wrote the ...

Gay News

LGBQ people six times more likely than general public to be stopped by police
--From a Williams Institute press release - Nearly one in four LGBQ people say they are unlikely to call police in the future A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds more LGBQ adults than people in the general United States population have ...

Gay News

UK to ban conversion therapy
Britain will move to ban conversion therapy and provide more support to those in the LGBT community who have undergone the treatment, as part of its post-pandemic government agenda, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government ...

Gay News

Unprecedented 18 anti-LGBTQ bills enacted in 2021
--From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — With an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ measures sweeping through state legislatures across the country, 2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in ...

Gay News

Biden administration restores anti-bias protections, groups comment
--From a press release - The following statement is from Susan R. Bailey, M.D., President, American Medical Association "The Biden administration did the right thing by terminating a short-lived effort to allow discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation when seeking ...

Gay News

HHS: Prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation, gender identity
--From a press release - Washington D.C. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX's prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) ...

Gay News

WORLD Parenting news, Tonga activist, pension fight, drag personality
A Croatian court has ruled that same-sex partners can now adopt children, backing a same-sex couple in their five-year fight for the right to family life, Openly News reported. On April 21, Zagreb's Administrative Court ruled ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Military bill, LGBTQ teen, trans deaths, Pride items, children's book
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that directs the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in the Garden State to assist former Armed Forces service members who were denied an honorable discharge due to ...

Gay News

Refugee Coalition of East Africa calls for attention to anti-queer violence
--From a press release - On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be observed worldwide, followed by many celebrations of Pride in the month of June. We at the Refugee Coalition of East Africa will raise ...


Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.