Today, the Human Rights Campaign released new polling conducted by HRC and Hart Research Associates, which showed that an overwhelming seven in 10 voters support the Equality Act, spanning across demographic and partisan groups, including across all ages, races, religions, and political parties. Click here for the full polling memo.
There is broad support for amending federal civil rights law to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity under the Equality Act (70%).
The key individual components of the Equality Act are also extremely popular:
Despite significant steps forward, the patchwork nature of our nation’s civil rights laws means that the majority of states — 29 states in total — do not have laws explicitly protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under federal civil rights law. If passed, the landmark legislation would also extend protections to millions of women — women who aren’t covered by some existing federal anti-discrimination laws — and modernize public accommodations law to provide increased protections to people of color and people of faith.
Additional key findings include:
The Equality Act is supported by hundreds of members of Congress and more than 600 organizations, including civil rights, education, health care and faith-based organizations. The legislation also has unprecedented support among business and corporate leaders, which includes more than 60 business associations—including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers—and has been endorsed by nearly 400 major companies, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Co., Dow Chemical Co., Gap Inc., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Co., Marriott International Inc., Microsoft Corp., Target Corp., among others. Collectively, these companies employ more than 12.3 million people across the United States and oversee operations in all 50 states, generating a collective revenue of $5.7 trillion.
For a full breakdown of the polling conducted by the Human Rights Campaign and Hart Research, click here.
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