Data released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute, a national polling organization, shows majority support from every major demographic group for laws protecting LGBT people in Texas from discrimination.
According to the poll results, 64 percent of all Texans oppose discrimination against LGBTQ Texans. That includes 54 percent of white evangelical Protestants. Support for protections against discrimination was highest in Austin, El Paso and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the survey indicated.
Samantha Smoot, interim executive director for Equality Texas, said the poll results show that “Texas has turned the corner, and equality for LGBTQ Texans is solidly a mainstream Texas value.”
Still, Smith said, “Despite overwhelming support for these laws, most Texans don’t know that in Texas you can still legally be fired for who you are or who you love. It’s time to change that by passing comprehensive non-discrimination protections this year.”
Comprehensive non-discrimination bills have been filed in the 86th Legislature by Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D- El Paso, and Reps. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston and Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio.
PRRI is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture and public policy. PRRI’s sample size includes nearly 3,000 Texas interviews.