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Religiously Based Refusals To Accept Qualified Gay And Lesbian Couples As Foster Parents

A broad majority of Americans oppose allowing religiously affiliated agencies that receive taxpayer funding to refuse to accept qualified gay and lesbian couples as foster parents, including 31% who strongly oppose it. About three in ten favor this policy , with only 11% strongly favoring it.

Bipartisan majorities oppose allowing religiously affiliated agencies to refuse to accept qualified gay and lesbian couples as foster parents. This includes 83% of Democrats, 70% of independents, and 55% of Republicans. 

White evangelical Protestants are the only religious group among whom a majority favor this policy. About four in ten white evangelical Protestants oppose allowing religiously affiliated agencies to refuse to accept gay and lesbian couples as foster parents, compared to a majority who favor this policy . Notably, majorities of Catholics are highly opposed to this policy: more than eight in ten white Catholics and more than six in ten Hispanic Catholics oppose this policy, including about four in ten of each group who strongly oppose it . Strong majorities of all other religious groups oppose this policy, including members of non-Christian religious groups , religiously unaffiliated Americans , white mainline Protestants , and Black Protestants .


Religiously Based Refusals To Provide Products Or Services To Gay And Lesbian People

More than six in ten Americans oppose allowing a small business owner to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people if doing so violates the business owner’s religious beliefs, compared to nearly one-third who favor it . This is the highest opposition recorded since PRRI began asking the question, in 2015. In 2015, 59% of Americans opposed religiously based service refusals, and opposition increased slightly to 61% in 2016, but then dropped consistently, to 60% in 2017, 57% in 2018, and 56% in 2019. 

There are stark partisan divides over religiously based service refusals. Democrats are almost twice as likely as Republicans to oppose religiously based refusals to serve gay or lesbian people , while independents fall in between. These percentages have increased notably from 2019, when seven in ten Democrats and 57% of independents opposed religiously based refusals, but remain similar to 2016 levels . Republicans remain stable in their opposition over time.


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The Equality Act, which would modify existing civil rights legislation to add protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, passed the Democratic-controlled House in 2019 but has not been taken up by the Republican-led Senate.

The Trump administration has largely opposed the Equality Act, however, and took a stand against Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the recent Supreme Court decision that determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protected workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Haynes said the administration is out of touch with “the vast majority of Americans,” adding that they are instead “plugged into their base — white evangelicals.”

Galston agreed that there’s a “total disconnect” between the public and the White House, which also banned transgender service members from the military and supports allowing child welfare agencies to reject same-sex prospective parents.


‘My guess is the administration figured the people in the Republican coalition who oppose attach a much higher importance to it than those who favor it,” he said.

Democrats Independents Much More Likely Than Republicans To Support Gay Marriage

U.S. Democrats have consistently been one of the most likely groups to favor same-sex marriage, and their support has grown the most among political party groups since 1996. Support has also grown considerably among independents — now at 71%, up 39 points since Gallup’s initial measure.

Republicans have consistently been the least likely to favor same-sex marriage, though they have warmed to the idea over the course of Gallup’s trend, growing in support by 33 points. Since 2017, however, their views have remained stable, ranging from 44% to 49%.


Line graph. Americans support for same-sex marriage, by political party affiliation. Democrats are most likely to support same-sex marriage, at 86%, followed by independents at 74% and Republicans at 45%.

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In a campaign season, it’s not unusual to stake everything on mobilizing your base, he added. But after an election, it’s a different matter altogether.

“Support for anti-discrimination laws is now at 83 percent — and that includes a solid majority of white evangelicals,” he said. Looking at the survey, passage of sweeping anti-discrimination laws is inevitable. “Any Republican strategist would see support is a no-brainer. The fact that some loud voices say they oppose it to the bitter end is besides the point,” Galston added. “If there’s a second Trump term, he could go for it as a way to take some of the many sharp edges off him.”


LGBTQ rights was one of the few issues respondents seemed to find common ground on. Only 7 percent of Democrats approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, compared to 78 percent of Republicans. And almost 80 percent of Republicans said police killings of African Americans were isolated incidents not indicative of institutional racism, compared to just 17 percent of Democrats.

Eight in 10 Democrats say the GOP has been overrun by racists, while a comparable percentage of Republicans say the Democratic Party has been taken over by socialists.

“As we head into the 2020 election during an unprecedented year of multiple crises,” PRRI founder Robert P. Jones said in a statement, “Republicans and Democrats seem to be living in different countries.”

For The First Time A Small Majority Of Republicans Support Gay Marriage


Republicans, who have consistently been the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support in 2021 for the first time . The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views.

Democrats have consistently been among the biggest supporters of legal same-sex marriage. The current 83% among Democrats is on par with the level of support Gallup has recorded over the past few years. This could suggest that support for gay marriage has reached a ceiling for this group, at least for now. Meanwhile, support among political independents, now at 73%, is slightly higher than the 68% to 71% range recorded from 2017 to 2020.

Line graph. The percentage of Americans who say same-sex marriage should be recognized by law as valid, by political affiliation. 83% of U.S. Democrats, 73% of independents and 55% of Republicans in 2021 say same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid.

On Lgbtq Rights A Gulf Between Trump And Many Republican Voters


As more Republicans say they support at least some L.G.B.T.Q. protections, President Trump and party leaders continue to stand in opposition and particularly target transgender Americans.

When President George W. Bush needed to shore up support with social conservatives during his re-election run in 2004, he turned to a familiar political tactic: demonizing L.G.B.T.Q. rights. On the campaign trail and from the White House, the Republican leader began championing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, praising unions between a man and woman as “critical to the well-being of families.”

Sixteen years later, when another issue of L.G.B.T.Q. rights popped up in the midst of another presidential campaign, the Republican incumbent responded with little more than a shrug.

“They ruled and we live with their decision,” President Trump told reporters after the Supreme Court issued a decision on Monday protecting the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. workers. “That’s what it’s all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court.”


Yet today, widespread battles over L.G.B.T.Q. rights are less frequent among parts of the Republican Party — not just among some corporate leaders and political donors who dislike openly bigoted fights, but also among many of the rank-and-file Republicans who say in polling that they support at least some rights and protections for L.G.B.T.Q. people.

For Republicans Election Is A Last Stand Against Gay Marriage

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  • For Republicans, Election Is a Last Stand Against Gay Marriage

The GOP went all out to try to stop the marriage equality movement at the ballot box this year. But in this showdown, they’re about to lose.

There are definitive points in time in politics where an issue becomes, as James Carville and I called it in our 2009 book, “res judicata.” Put simply, serious people stop arguing about it. Think of global warming—more than two-thirds agree it’s happening—or evolution—only four in 10 think we didn’t evolve. At one point, these were raging debates. We’ll remember 2012 as the year that same-sex marriage became res judicata.


In just a few days, four states will vote on same-sex marriage ballot initiatives. At least one is likely to break anti-gay activists’ perfect 32-state streak. Meanwhile, courts across the country are striking same-sex marriage bans. Every court that’s heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act so far has struck it down. Many of the judges who ruled against DOMA were appointed by unabashed court-packer President George W. Bush. If that doesn’t spell impending doom for DOMA, what does? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has hinted that the Supreme Court will hear an appeal in one of these cases this term, and it’s hard to believe that the justices will rule differently than every other judge who’s considered DOMA.

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza is a Truman Security Fellow.  This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast.

New Survey Finds Majority Of Republicans Now Support Same

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A new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute found broad support for pro-LGBT policies across the country, with a majority of Republicans now supporting same-sex marriage.

Of those surveyed, 67% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Although support from Democrats is 76%, 51% of Republicans said they also support same-sex marriage.

When asked by the American Values Atlas if they supported “laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing,” 76% of Americans answered yes.

Support for nondiscrimination protection came in at 59% among conservative Republicans, 73% among liberal Republicans, and 75% among moderate Republicans.

The survey also found that 42% of Americans were classified as “completely in favor of pro-LGBTQ policies,” 27% were “somewhat in favor of pro-LGBTQ policies,” 13% were “somewhat against pro-LGBTQ policies” and 7% were “completely against pro-LGBTQ policies.”

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For First Time Ever Majority Of Republicans Support Same

Support for same-sex marriage has skyrocketed in the last quarter century – even among Republicans.

According to a new public opinion poll from Gallup, 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage. That’s an all-time high, up from 27% in 1996.

A recent surge in approval – 10% since 2015 – comes largely from the shifting attitudes on LGBT rights among the GOP. Twenty-five years ago, only 16% of Republicans supported same-sex marriage. But now, for the first time ever, approval for same-sex marriage represent a majority opinion within the GOP . That’s compared with 83% of Democrats and 73% of independents.

Percent who say same sex marriage should be recognized by law :Dems 83%

— Reid Wilson June 8, 2021

“Gallup’s trend illustrates that Americans’ views can shift in a relatively short time span, creating a new consensus — even as polarization on other measures intensifies,” reads a summary of the poll.

Gallup found that younger Americans are particularly supportive of same-sex marriage – 84% of young adults approve. But 60% of older adults also express support.

A 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage. The decision read:

Allowing Transgender People To Serve In The Us Military

More than two-thirds of Americans favor allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, including 31% who strongly favor it; nearly three in ten Americans oppose this policy. Since 2017, support for this policy has slightly increased, while the opposition has remained roughly steady .

Half of Republicans favor allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, as do more than eight in ten Democrats and nearly seven in ten independents . This support has remained stable among Democrats and independents since 2017 but has notably increased among Republicans over the past three years. 

With the exception of white evangelical Protestants, majorities of all religious groups favor allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military. Religiously unaffiliated Americans and members of non-Christian religious groups are most likely to favor transgender military service, along with solid majorities of white Catholics , Hispanic Catholics , Black Protestants , and white mainline Protestants . Less than half of white evangelical Protestants favor allowing transgender military service. 

Majorities of all age cohorts favor allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, but there are notable differences in the strength of support among those over and under age 50. More than seven in ten Americans ages 18 to 29 and ages 30 to 49 favor this policy, compared to 64% of Americans ages 50 to 64 and 60% of seniors ages 65 and over.

 

Why Does The Republican Party Still Oppose Lgbt Rights

Last week, the Washington Post ran an article headlined, “Why Conservatives Gave up Fighting Gay Marriage.” Was it accurate?

Recently, GOP presidential candidates have been tripping over themselves to defend  “traditional marriage.” In North Carolina and Michigan, Republican statehouses are passing laws giving public officials and state-funded institutions the right to discriminate against gay people.  And in Texas, 93 out of 98 Republican state legislators made it clear that they will ignore or try to override a SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality in Obergefell, expected this month.

In other words, “American conservatives” may have given up fighting same-sex marriage, but the Republican Party clearly has not.

Why is the Republican Party still fighting LGBT rights, which puts it out of step with not just voters in America, but other right-of-center parties in established developed world democracies?

In other developed democracies, conservative parties increasingly support LGBT rights

Conservative parties in much of the democratic world have become more socially liberal while maintaining their fiscally conservative bona fides. In most places the political parties and politicians who have moved furthest towards support of LGBT rights have been on the right.

Outside the U.S., parties of every ideology increasingly include openly LGBT politicians

As the graph shows, the most rapid growth in LGBT representation has been among political conservatives.

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“My hunch is if there’s a second Trump administration, the issue of marriage equality won’t be on the table,” said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

“I would be surprised if the majority of the Supreme Court viewed it as ‘settled law,’” he told NBC News. However, if the justices made a ruling contradicting the sentiments of 70 percent of the population, he added, “you’re going to have people questioning the legitimacy of the court.”

PPRI polled 2,538 American adults from Sept. 9 to 22 on a wide variety of topics, including Covid-19, climate change, racial inequality and their views of the presidential candidates.

More than 8 in 10 said they supported laws protecting LGBTQ people against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, compared to just 16 percent against such laws.

A majority of Democrats , independents and Republicans all supported legal protections for LGBTQ Americans — as did majorities in all religious groups, from 59 percent among white evangelicals to 86 percent of Black Protestants.

Haynes said such broad approval “portends a bright future for the country, as we aim to be a more perfect union.”

How Out Of Step Is The Republican Party On Gay Rights

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The wedding wasn’t the only reason conservatives targeted Rep. Denver Riggleman in a party convention , but it was the driving one. Which raises the question: How out of step with the nation is the Republican Party on same-sex rights?

It’s an especially pertinent question on Monday, now that the Supreme Court, with the support of one of President Trump’s nominees, just voted 6-3 that existing federal law protects gay and transgender workers from discrimination based on sex.

That’s a sea change in the legal landscape of protections for LGBTQ Americans. Before this ruling, in about half of the states, you could be legally fired for being gay or transgender. Now, you can’t under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which the court ruled extends to LGBTQ Americans because it prevents discrimination “on the basis of sex.”

But like the Republican voters in Virginia who ousted Riggleman in favor of social conservative Bob Good, there is an active wing of the Republican Party seeking to push back on the march toward expanding legal protections for gay and transgender Americans. And they have powerful allies.

The Trump administration opposed interpreting the Civil Rights Act to encompass LGBTQ workers. The leader of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network called the six justices who supported this ruling, one of whom was Trump appointee Neil M. Gorsuch, “activists,” implying the court got ahead of where the public is on the issue.

Emily Guskin contributed to this report.

Group Of Us Republicans Come Out In Support Of Same

Band of GOP lawmakers make conservative case for legalising same-sex marriage, arguing it extends religious freedoms

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A group of Republicans have come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

A group that includes former senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas plans to file a friend of the court brief Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, said Denver attorney Sean Gallagher, whose firm wrote the 30-page argument.

The full list of current and former Republican lawmakers signing the brief won’t be available until it’s officially sent to the court later Tuesday, but Gallagher said many prominent Republicans are re-examining their stance on gay marriage.

The group call themselves “conservatives, moderates and libertarians who embrace the individual freedoms protected by our Constitution”, embrace Reagan’s idea of the Republican party being a “big tent”, and share Goldwater’s belief that the party shouldn’t “seek to lead anyone’s life for him”, according to a copy of the brief provided to the Associated Press.

Do Women Continue To Face Obstacles To Advancement

Most Americans say that “there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men,” while 42% say “the obstacles that once made it harder for women than men to get ahead are now largely gone.”

Nearly two-thirds of women say there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead, while 34% say they are largely gone. By contrast, men are somewhat more likely to say obstacles to women’s progress are now largely gone than to say significant obstacles still exist . The gender gap on this question is among the widest seen across the political values measured in this survey.

About seven-in-ten blacks think significant obstacles remain that make it harder for women to get ahead than men. This compares with 53% of whites and 52% of Hispanics.

Among both blacks and whites, the gender gap roughly mirrors that of the public overall. For example, 77% of black women and 60% of black men say significant barriers remain to women’s advancement . Among Hispanics, however, there is not a pronounced gender gap.

More postgraduates say significant obstacles to women’s progress still exist than say they are largely gone . About six-in-ten college graduates also say women continue to face significant obstacles that men don’t. Views are more closely divided among those with some college experience and those with no more than a high school diploma.

Republicans Who Stood Up For The Lgbt Community

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While homophobia and transphobia seem to be fueling GOP policy, it doesn’t have to be that way: Below, we’ve spotlighted Republican politicians who broke rank to support the LGBT community. The intention isn’t to pat gay-friendly Republicans on the back, but to remind their colleagues that fighting for equality and being in the Grand Old Party are not mutually exclusive.

Poll: Majority Of Republicans Now Support Same

Republican support spiked since 2016, the year Donald Trump was elected president.

A recent Gallup poll reveals support for gay marriage has hit an all-time high of 70 percent with a majority of Republicans for the first time now showing support.

According to Gallup, support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. steadily increased since 1996, where it was at a paltry 27 percent favorability. Support reached a majority level in 2011 at 53 percent even before the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized the unions nationwide.

The new report also shows for the first time gay marriage is supported by a majority of all age groups. Young adults aged 18-34 show 84 percent support. Middle aged adults between 35-54 show 72 percent support. Even older adults aged 55 and up show 60 percent support.

According to the latest poll, a majority of Republican voters now support gay marriage at 55 percent. “The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views,” Gallup reports.

The steepest increase in Republican support for gay marriage occurred since 2016, the year Donald Trump was elected president, according to data from Gallup.

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Changing Views On Acceptance Of Homosexuality

Seven-in-ten now say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with just 24% who say it should be discouraged by society. The share saying homosexuality should be accepted by society is up 7 percentage points in the past year and up 19 points from 11 years ago.

Growing acceptance of homosexuality has paralleled an increase in public support for same-sex marriage. About six-in-ten Americans now say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.

While there has been an increase in acceptance of homosexuality across all partisan and demographic groups, Democrats remain more likely than Republicans to say homosexuality should be accepted by society.

Overall, 83% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say homosexuality should be accepted by society, while only 13% say it should be discouraged. The share of Democrats who say homosexuality should be accepted by society is up 20 points since 2006 and up from 54% who held this view in 1994.

Among Republicans and Republican leaners, more say homosexuality should be accepted than discouraged by society. This is the first time a majority of Republicans have said homosexuality should be accepted by society in Pew Research Center surveys dating to 1994. Ten years ago, just 35% of Republicans held this view, little different than the 38% who said this in 1994.

Acceptance is greater among those with postgraduate and bachelor’s degrees than among those with some or no college experience .

Gallup: Majority Of Republicans Support Same

Overall support has also reached a new high.

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In the U.S., support for same-sex marriage has reached a new high of 70 percent, according to a new poll by Gallup.

The new high shows an increase of 10 percent since the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in 2015. It’s an upward trend, Gallup notes, that’s been happening for a quarter of a century.

When Gallup first asked respondents if they supported a legal recognition of “gay and lesbian” marriages in 1996, only 26 percent were in support.

In 2011, Gallup reported for the first time that a majority of respondents supported marriage equality.

This year, a majority of respondents — at 55 percent — who identified as Republicans supported same-sex marriage for the first time, according to Gallup.

More than 80 percent of Democrats support marriage equality, which hasn’t shifted in several years. Independents support it at 73%, which is higher than previous years when the range was 68 to 71 percent from 2017 to 2020.

Age changes the position on same-sex marriage, but a majority in each age group still favors it: 84 percent of young adults support it, 72 percent of middle-aged adults support it, and 60 percent of older adults support it.  

The new numbers came from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll that was conducted from May 3-18 from a random sample of phone interviews with 1,000 people.

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Now Gay Marriage Is a GOP Problem

Frederick Haynes, senior pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church, a Black megachurch in Dallas, said he’s not surprised by that last number. “White evangelicals have not valued justice and equality,” Haynes told NBC News. “Their definition of Christian is limited to a few ‘red meat’ issues. I mean, for them, racism is not a dealbreaker when it comes to supporting politicians.”

While his church welcomes same-sex couples, Haynes admits some parishioners may be uncomfortable with them on a personal level. But they believe strongly in equality under the law.

“We don’t want to become the monster of intolerance and inequality that we’ve fought for 400 years,” he said. “I think justice and the humanity of all of God’s creations is a supreme value in the African American community, especially in the Christian community. When you marry that with the American value of equality, it becomes a no-brainer.”

PPRI’s poll continues a trend of acceptance that has been growing for more than 30 years: In a University of Chicago poll from 1988, only 11 percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage, with 68 percent opposing it. Proponents outnumbered opponents for the first time in 2009 — 49 percent to 46 percent — according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

PRRI’s latest results represent a notable increase even from last year’s American Values Survey, when 62 percent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage.

Republicans Democrats Still Divided On Same

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President Obama applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry. But several Republican presidential candidates had a different reaction.

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For the second day in a row, President Obama went to the White House Rose Garden to celebrate a Supreme Court decision. NPR’s Tamara Keith was there and has this report on both the president’s reaction and that of the Republicans who hope to succeed him.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: There were hugs and tears as dozens of White House staff gathered to watch President Obama deliver his remarks.

BARACK OBAMA: This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believed in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.

KEITH: President Obama said that sometimes the move toward equality in America has come in small increments, but he said, today justice arrived like a thunderbolt.

OBAMA: There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American, but today we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.

BOBBY JINDAL: Marriage, as an institution between a man and a woman, was established by God. It cannot be altered by an earthly court. Now, the next step in this – the left, Hillary Clinton are going to be waging an all-out assault on our religious liberty rights. These rights are protected by the First Amendment.

Poll: Majority Of Republicans Support Same

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A majority within all partisan groups, including Republicans, now support same-sex marriage, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute released on Tuesday.

In 2019, less than half of those who identify as Republican — 47 percent — backed gay marriage, but the survey indicates that number rose to 51 percent last year.

Approval also increased among independents, with 72 percent now in support. In previous years, figures among independents hovered in the mid-60s.

Democratic approval stayed strong, with around three-fourths in support, similar to previous polling years.

Democrats, independents and Republicans have all polled at a steadily increasing rate over the past 10 years when it comes to approving of same-sex marriage, though GOP support has always been a minority position.

The same survey found that the majority of all partisan groups also support LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections in housing, careers and public accommodations, including 62 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of independents.

Last month, the House passed the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in areas including education, housing, employment and more. The measure, however, faces an uphill climb in the 50-50 Senate.

People who oppose pro-LGBTQ+ policies are still more likely to identify as Republicans, and most of them have a favorable view of former President Trump

Gop Platform Supports Lgbt+ Discrimination

As well as encouraging the reversal of equal marriage in the US, the Republican platform also clearly supports businesses and charities that discriminate against LGBT+ people in the name of religion, condemning “government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman”.

The platform promotes replacing sex education with “sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behaviour”, and states that trans people using “restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities” that match their gender “is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues”.

It even contains a nod to conversion therapy when it says: “We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children.”

Aside from its horrific positions on LGBT+ rights, the Trump administration’s decision to keep the Republican platform the same is confusing.

It repeatedly refers to plans for legislation which in 2020 have already been passed, and also attacks the “current administration”, which in 2016 was Obama’s Democratic government.


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