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New Study: Large Majority of Americans Support LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws, Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’

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Support for LGBT Rights and Religious Inclusion Has Expanded Drastically Over the Past Decade

A fascinating new study released Thursday shows Americans’ views toward same-sex marriage and LGBT non-discrimination laws have changed dramatically over the past five years. The study was conducted by PRRI, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization.

Some of the most interesting results from the study include the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage since 2003. Currently 62% of Americans favor legal same-sex marriage and only 30% say they’re opposed. In 2011 support was only at 47% and in 2003 only 32% of Americans were in favor of same-sex marriage. 

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Religious voices have also become more comfortable with same-sex marriage; only 41% of Americans say same-sex marriage is against their religious beliefs as opposed to 62% in 2003. White evangelical Protestants, however, are still the group most likely to be against same-sex marriage. 71% say it goes against their religious beliefs (down from 84% in 2003).

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When it comes to LGBT non-discrimination laws, a whopping 72% of Americans say they support laws that would protect LGBT people from being discriminated against in housing, jobs, and public accommodations. To break that down even further, 61% of Republicans support non-discrimination laws, along with 78% of Democrats.

In numbers that should make many state governments quiver, 53% of Americans oppose laws that require transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex assigned at birth instead of their lived gender while only 35% favor them. 

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And in news that will concern the “religious liberty” crowd, 63% of Americans oppose allowing business owners to use religious beliefs as a reason for denying service to gay or lesbain people (only 30% are in favor.)

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According to the study, even though religious institutions and places of worship are focusing less and less on homosexuality, the majority of Americans still believe religious institutions to be unfriendly places towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. 

Check out the full study here with even more fascinating facts and figures, including quite a bit on the presidential election.

 

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‘Minneapolis Is Burning’: Shocking Videos Emerge as Protesters Seek Justice for George Floyd

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Protesters and police clashed for a second night in Minneapolis as the former cop who killed George Floyd remains a free man.

Photos and video from the scene show at least one business burning.

Here are some of the images from the protest:

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POLITICIZING THE DOJ

DOJ Spokesperson Tells Fox News Bill Barr Is Opening Investigation Into Unmasking by Obama Administration During 2016 Election

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Dept. of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Bill Barr has authorized the opening of an investigation into “unmasking” that took place before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election by the Obama administration. It is the latest move by the Attorney General to further politicize the DOJ in an effort to re-write history as President Donald Trump would like it told.

Barr has tasked John Dash, a U.S. Attorney in Texas, with conducting the investigation.

Kupac made the announcement on Fox News Wednesday night, telling host and frequent Trump advisor Sean Hannity that Barr has concerns about the “frequency” and the “motivation” of unmasking requests.

“When you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation,” Kupac told Hannity, “who was unmasking whom, can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”

Unmasking, the act of requesting to learn the identity of a U.S. individual caught up in Intelligence Community telephone intercepts of foreign actors, is perfectly legal, which Kupac noted.

The Trump administration escalated unmasking requests, nearly doubling them in 2018, as this LA Times Legal Affairs Columnist notes:

But Sean Hannity painted a far different picture for his Fox News supporters.

“I have been told by my sources now Kerri, for years, that there have been unmasking at an increase of three-fold in the second term of the Obama administration. Um… I’ve been told that even members of Donald Trump’s family have been unmasked. Members of the media have been unmasked.”

Hannity could have actually done some basic research to get actual facts.

It’s important to note that in administrations that don’t politicize intelligence and turn the Dept. of Justice into a weapon for the president’s re-election, any announcement of a major investigation would be made in a non-partisan environment like the DOJ’s press briefing room, and all regular media outlets would be included.

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‘Political Hack’ Kellyanne Conway Destroyed for Condescendingly Comparing Standing in Line to Vote to Buying Cupcakes

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White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway for the second time on Wednesday is drawing outrage for her offensive remarks. After painting a target on the back of the Twitter executive responsible for preventing disinformation and hoaxes, she’s now under fire for comparing standing in line to vote to standing in line to buy cupcakes.

On Wednesday, Conways remarks drove her to the number two slot on Twitter’s top trending items, just below the SpaceX launch.

“People are very proud to show up and go to the polls,” Conway told reporters. “They really are. I mean they wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake,” she said, somewhat condescendingly.

“So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot.”

Not all of America waits in line to buy cupcakes in Washington, D.C. And those who wait in line the most to vote generally live in poor and minority neighborhoods.

Americans can and do wait in line, often for hours, to vote. They shouldn’t have to. In the middle of a pandemic Americans want the opportunity to not contract – or spread – the deadly virus the President she works for has made even worse.

One American, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, had the perfect response to Conway’s condescension.

His remarks were echoed by others:

And still others had a few words to share about Conway’s comments:

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