More Polling Shows People of Faith Support LGBT Equality
November 3, 2011 by Paul Guequierre
Polling released today by the Public Religion Research Institute shows strong majorities of Americans favor rights and legal protections for Transgender people. Key findings of the polling include:
- Overwhelming majorities of Americans agree that transgender people should have the same general rights and legal protections as others;
- Approximately three-quarters of Americans both say Congress should pass employment nondiscrimination laws to protect transgender people, and favor Congress’s recent expansion of hate crimes legislation to protect transgender people; and
- Approximately two-thirds of Americans both report being well informed about transgender people and issues, and generally understand what the term “transgender” means.
Transgender equality resonates strongly with people of faith across the board. HRC has been tracking the relationship between faith and support of equality since we launched our Religion and Faith program in 2005. In advance of our Clergy Call for Justice and Equality earlier this year, we released polling in partnership with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which found the majority of Christians support LGBT equality. The poll found the majority of Christian Americans oppose the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, favor protecting LGBT people from discrimination, and support anti-bullying laws. In perhaps the most compelling finding, more Christians than the overall population say their faith compels them to believe the law should treat LGBT people equally.
The thought used to be if you were a person of faith, you were automatically opposed to LGBT equality. I’m glad we’ve laid that myth to rest.
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