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Support for LGBTQIA human rights decreases in the US

Majority of Americans still support LGBTQIA rights and protections, particularly in housing, employment, and public accommodation, but the number of supporters has gone down. Last year, 76% supported those policies, down from 80% in 2022.

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LGBTQIA hatred is continuing to increase in the US of A?

Support for pro-LGBTQIA laws protecting members of the rainbow community from discrimination fell last year among adults in the US, showing the continuing increase in the number of anti-LGBTQIA people in the so-called “Land of the Free”.

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) surveyed over 22,000 American adults’ views on LGBTQIA people’s human rights, including nondiscrimination protections, same-sex marriage, and whether small business owners should be allowed to refuse to provide products or services by citing their religious beliefs.

Majority of Americans still support LGBTQIA rights and protections, particularly in housing, employment, and public accommodation, but the number of supporters has gone down. Last year, 76% supported those policies, down from 80% in 2022. Members of the rightwing Republican party – as expected – showed more hatred, with Republican support dropping from 66% to 59% during that time.

Other findings:

  • A decline was noted in the support of nondiscrimination laws among Americans aged 18-29, from 83% in 2020 to 75% last year.
  • Last year, 67% of American adults said they support same-sex marriage, down from 69% in 2022.
  • Among those who supported same-sex marriage: 56% identified as Black, 63% Hispanic, 69% White, and 75% Asian American or Pacific Islander.
  • Among religious groups, Hispanic Catholics had a notable decline of support for same-sex marriage, going from 75% in 2022 to 68% in 2023.
  • While 82% of Democrats favor same-sex marriage, but only 47% of Republicans were in favor (51% opposed it).

The PRRI report similarly found that 10% of Americans identified as part of the LGBTQIA community in 2023 (that’s 22% of those aged 18-29; 10% of 30-49; 6% of 50-64; and 3% of people 65 years or older).

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