Despite recent trends, Americans are in favor of some LGBT civil rights.
Polling data by the Public Religious Research Institute shows that most Americans are in support of some form of LGBT civil rights when it comes to businesses selling good and services.
About six in 10 individuals polled (59 percent) believe that businesses shouldn’t be allowed to refuse products and services to gay and lesbian individuals, with 35 percent in favor of businesses having such rights, data shows.
Nonwhite Americans are more likely to oppose business owners being able to legally discriminate.
Even among religious groups, only white evangelical Protestants and Mormons were in favor of discrimination by a small majority.
The data counters recent trends where LGBT nondiscrimination laws have been repealed or failed. Campaigns against such protections by social conservatives have argued that the laws will make women vulnerable to sexual harassment in restrooms.
In Indiana, Republicans failed to pass a bill that was described as a good-faith attempt to balance religious liberty and the civil rights of LGBT citizens.
If the polling data is accurate, it shows that how these laws are explained or implemented — specifically concerning public accommodations — can still be controversial despite having broad support.
Read the full report: “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Attitudes on LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws and Religious Exemptions.”