A majority of Americans, 63 percent, believe anti-gay bias is a “serious” or “very serious” problem, according a recent Gallup poll. Of those polled who identified as gay or lesbian, 88 percent said they directly encounter prejudice in various forms.
The same poll found that 51 percent of Americans believe the nation will reach a consensus on marriage equality, while 45 percent believe otherwise. This opinion was sharply divided based on political affiliation and 65 percent of Democrats believe gay marriage will eventually be legal. Only 34 percent of Republicans expected a consensus to emerge concerning gay marriage.
There are 16 municipalities in Utah that have ordinances protecting against bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace and in housing. Despite repeated attempts to pass a statewide nondiscrimination bill, efforts have been thwarted in the Utah Legislature.