The Road to Protecting Religious Freedom and Extending LGBTQ Civil Rights

by Alliance for Lasting Liberty on September 13, 2021

In a recent survey of Americans regarding attitudes about LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom three points strongly came through.

  1. Most Americans favor LGBTQ civil rights.
  2. Most Americans favor protections for religious freedom.
  3. Most Americans favor a bipartisan solution to LGBTQ rights and religious freedom.

The numbers supporting the roadmap to bi-partisan legislation:

When asked Americans show strong support for LGBTQ Civil Rights:

  • Equal access to health care: 78%
  • Services provided by government such as homeless shelters: 75%
  •  Protection against employment discrimination: 75%
  • Protection from housing discrimination: 75%
  • Protection from discrimination in banking and financial services: 75%
  • Public accommodations should be equally accessible: 74%
  • Protection against discriminate regarding jury service: 73%

Support for religious freedom is also strong:

  • Religious schools should not lose educational accreditation: 75%
  • All employers should reasonably accommodate religious needs: 64%
  • Individuals should have the right to privacy in restrooms, showers, and similar facilities: 60%
  • Religious schools should be able to have religious codes of conduct: 55%
  • Religious schools should not be denied tax-exempt status based on their beliefs about marriage and sexuality: 54%
  • Religious properties should not be regulated like places of public accommodation: 52%

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The American public supports bi-partisan legislation and elected officials who support these rights:

  • I support a bipartisan solution for protecting religious freedom and promoting LGBTQ civil rights: 57%
  • I would vote for a politician that supports legislation to protection religious freedom: 63%
  • I would vote for a politician that supports LGBTQ civil rights legislation: 57%
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The public also supports passing legislation that addresses both religious freedom and LGBTQ civil rights rather than the continued battle in courts.

I would rather have legislation that deals with LGBT rights and religious freedom than have decision made by the courts:

  • 47% support
  • 15% oppose

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Conclusion: These results demonstrate that Congress and the White House have a unique moment before them to pass legislation that will address the needs of two groups in the U.S. – the LGBTQ community and people of faith and the organizations they belong to.


Note: The findings are from an APCO Insight nationally representative survey of 1,000 Americans about their opinions on LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedoms. The online survey was conducted from July 22-23, 2021 and has a confidence interval of ± 3.1 percentage points. The survey was sponsored by the Alliance for Lasting Liberty.