As a record 201 members of U.S. Congress co-sponsor legislation to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination across the country, polls show that a majority of white evangelical protestants are in favor of fully inclusive civil rights laws. According to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), 54 percent of evangelicals say they are in favor of protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in housing and employment.
Even before the bill’s reintroduction, a pair of evangelical groups announced their support for inclusive nondiscrimination laws at the federal level: the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and National Association of Evangelicals.
For the first time, every single religious group in the U.S. is in favor of LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. Mormons support laws like the Equality Act with a huge majority of 70 percent. So do 68 percent of non-white Catholics, 65 percent of African-American Protestants, 60 percent of Muslims and 59 percent of Orthodox Christians.
Despite unprecedented support for the Equality Act, the bill is unlikely to become law with a Republican-controlled Senate and Trump in the White House.