Record Number of Americans Support Equality for LGBT People

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Now that the sky hasn’t fallen since marriage equality has come to the United States, a new poll shows that a majority of people in all 50 states support the Equality Act—a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on the sexual orientation or gender identity.

The polling released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute involved more than 42,000 interviews in all 50 states. Nationally, support for a bill like the Equality Act topped 70 percent, which includes a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. A majority in all 50 states support non-discrimination protections for LGBT people—70 percent in Florida, 70 percent in Indiana, 70 percent in Pennsylvania and 69 percent in Ohio—all states that lack these protections.

Currently 33 states fail to provide protections for the LGBT community, leaving people at risk for being fired, denied a job or apartment, or refused service because of who they are or whom they love. In addition to showing strong, across the board support for a bill like the Equality Act.

The bill, which has shown bipartisan support, has also received support by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, while none of the Republican candidates have supported it, despite it being introduced to congress as a bipartisan bill.

 

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