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70% of voters support the Equality Act even as Senate Republicans try to stop it


Scene from Pride in NYC Photo: Shutterstock A new poll found that 70 percent of voters support the Equality Act, the landmark legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal civil rights legislation.

In a poll conducted by HRC and Hart Research Associates , 1007 voters were read a long description of the bill and 41 percent said that they strongly support the bill and just 30 percent oppose it.

The bill is even popular when broken down to its components. One part of the bill expands the definition of a “public accommodation” in federal law so that existing protected categories – race, religion, sex, etc. – get further legal protections against discrimination in businesses and federal programs. Eighty-four percent of respondents supported that.

The bill also protects against discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation, and 79 percent of people supported that.

The core of the bill – adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights law – got 77 percent support.

Even the part of the bill that says that businesses and organizations can’t use religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people got support from 70 percent of people. This is one of […]

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