Magazine article The Christian Century

Gay Discrimination Opposed by a Majority

Magazine article The Christian Century

Gay Discrimination Opposed by a Majority

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The majority of Americans favor legislation opposing discrimination against gays, but most people responding to a recent poll remain opposed to same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples. The nationwide Harris poll of 1,010 adults found 56 percent of those surveyed were in favor of expanding current laws banning discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion and gender to include gay men and lesbians. Thirty-four percent of respondents opposed such legislation and 11 percent refused to answer or said they did not know.

The results indicate increasing public acceptance of gays. Two years ago, 52 percent were in favor of such antidiscrimination legislation and 41 percent opposed it. The majority of states do not bar antigay discrimination, and federal law does not ban employers from firing workers or landlords from refusing to rent to people because they are gay.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they approved of legalizing marriage between two men and 16 percent supported it for two women. …

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