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Majority of U.S. Public Opposes Using Religious Beliefs as a Reason to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People

Author: The Williams Institute
Author Contact: Rachel Dowd, dowd@law.ucla.edu
Published: 15th Jun 2023
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: LGBT Rights Publications

Summary: Most U.S. adults oppose denying medical care, employment, and other services to LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs.


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Large majorities of U.S. adults oppose denying medical care, employment, and other services to LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The findings highlight sharp differences between public sentiment and a growing number of state legislatures narrowing or rolling back protections for LGBTQ Americans.

More than eight in 10 respondents (84%) opposed allowing medical professionals to deny care to an LGBTQ person based on their religious beliefs. Nearly three-quarters of respondents opposed allowing employers to deny employment to LGTBQ individuals (74%) and allowing businesses to refuse to serve LGBTQ people (71%) based on religious beliefs.

Majorities of respondents across genders, racial and ethnic identities, religions, and political affiliations objected to discrimination against LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs. Women, people of color, and Democrats were most likely to object to discrimination based on religious beliefs.

"Recent efforts by some state legislatures to expand religious exemptions from LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws are largely out of alignment with the views of most Americans," said study author Christy Mallory, legal director at the Williams Institute. "More than three in four Americans now favor civil rights laws protecting LGBTQ people against religiously motivated discrimination."

Notably, a large percentage of religious adults opposed discrimination based on religious beliefs: 59% of people who frequently attended religious services opposed denying employment to LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs. A large majority of all religiously affiliated respondents opposed denying services, medical care, and employment to LGBTQ people, including about two-thirds of individuals who identify as Catholic or Protestant/Christian.

"Our data show that the majority of U.S. adults oppose discrimination against LGBTQ individuals," said Michelle Johns, senior research scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago. "And importantly, this opposition is consistent across political, religious, and racial and ethnic lines."

The findings reflect similar trends in public opinion on LGBTQ civil rights, such as the dramatic shift in support for marriage equality, which has risen from 30% to more than 70% in the past 20 years.


You can read the full report here: Public Attitudes Towards the Use of Religous Beliefs to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People

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• (APA): The Williams Institute . (2023, June 15). Majority of U.S. Public Opposes Using Religious Beliefs as a Reason to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 27, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/discrimination/rights/1175.php


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