Poll: Gays Need Workplace Discrimination Protection

Poll says feds should protect gays

Published On: Nov 06 2013 10:10:29 AM EST

Congress moved closer this week to outlawing workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate voted 61-30 to begin debate on a bill that would extend federal non-discrimination law to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.

From The New York Times:

Federal law already protects people from discrimination at work because of race, religion and a number of other factors. But it remains legal in most states to fire or refuse to hire people because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Just 21 states and the District of Columbia offer such protections.

THELAW.TV polled 500 Internet users to find out whether they think federal law should protect gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from workplace discrimination. Barely a majority of those polled said, yes, federal law should protect gays from discrimination in the workplace.

Here are the results of THELAW.TV’s poll:

52% of Americans say, yes, federal law should protect gays from discrimination in the workplace

48% of Americans say, no, federal law should not protect gays from discrimination in the workplace

Here are some comments from the poll respondents:

Seven Republicans crossed party lines to approve beginning debate on the Senate bill.

What do you think? Tell us in the comment section below.

THELAW.TV’s survey was conducted on Thumb using a demographically balanced internet-based survey of 500 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.