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Majority of Americans oppose bathroom laws for trans people

Majority of Americans oppose bathroom laws for trans people

Majority of Americans oppose anti-trans bathroom laws

A new poll found more than half of Americans oppose anti-trans bathroom laws.

The poll asked respondents how they felt about laws prohibiting transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.

53% of respondents disagreed with anti-trans bathroom bills, according to the national poll by the Public Religion Research Institute.

59% of Republicans support the laws but 65% of Democrats and 57% of independents oppose them.

Robert P. Jones, chief executive of the Washington Republicans said: ‘This is a case where it really is Republicans kind of pulling away and being more of an outlier to the rest of the country.’

This is a divisive topic in America, with Donald Trump recently stripping protections for transgender students.

After this was announced, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign was shocked.

He said: ‘Transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment.

‘The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking,’ said Griffin.

In the 2017 legislative session so far, 14 states are considering anti-trans bathroom laws.

These states include: Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

The anti-trans bathroom bills in South Dakota and also Virginia failed to pass.

There is also growing acceptance for LGBTI rights in America, with the same poll finding support for same-sex marriage jumped to 63% this year from 52% in 2013.