A study found that 54% of Evangelicals back the measures in the bill, with only 38% opposing.

The Public Religion Research Institute has released figures which show that 54% of white Evangelicals in the United States back the measures in the Equality Act.

The Equality Act aims to give protections to people based on their sexual or gender identity in the fields of housing and employment. This means that it would be illegal to evict or fire someone because of their sexual or gender identity.

Evangelical Christians are considered to be the most conservative group in the United States when it comes to supporting LGBTQ rights, and yet the figures show that they support the Act by a 16-point margin.

The figures also showed that most major religious groups in the country also support the measures in the Equality Act. 53% of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 70% of Mormons, 68% of non-white Catholics, 65% of African American Protestants, 60% of Muslims and 59% of Orthodox Christians support the bill. But the religious group with the most backing for the bill were the New Age religions, with 81% in favour.

The figures also revealed that the vast majority of American citizens are also in favour of the bill. The state with the highest support for the bill is New Hampshire with 81% of the population in support, while the lowest is Arizona with 56% in favour.

After Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as speaker of the House of Representatives on 3 January, a position she previously held from 2007 to 2011, she reaffirmed her long-time support for the queer community.

In her first speech as speaker of the House of Representatives, Pelosi announced that she will seek to pass the Equality Act in the upcoming Congress.

“We will make America fairer by passing the Equality Act to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community,” she said.

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