SUPPORT FOR anti-discrimination laws and marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is at an all-time high, according to a report released early Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey of more than 10,000 Americans reveals unusual unity in a populace deeply divided along partisan lines and grappling with race and gender issues.
More than three-fourths of Americans overall, or 76%, and strong majorities of Americans in every subgroup – no matter what gender, religion, race, age or geographic location support anti-discrimination laws. Further, for the first time since PRRI began surveying the matter, a majority of Republicans endorse same-sex marriage, according to the group, which studies the intersection of culture, politics and religion.
“It really is impressive that we’re seeing not just (overall) support but high support among groups where you wouldn’t normally expect it,” says Natalie Jackson, PRRI’s director of research.
For example, 51% of Republicans now back same-sex marriage, up dramatically from 31% of GOPers who felt that way a decade ago in PRRI’s surveys. Support for LGBT nondiscrimination laws are highest among liberals, Democrats and younger people, but the increase in support has come mainly from Americans of color and white mainline Protestants, the report found.