Many Alabama residents want stronger protections for gay and transgender residents

It is March 27, 2013, file photo Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court hears arguments on gay marriage. Sometime this early July, the Court will announce the outcomes in cases on Californian's ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
It is March 27, 2013, file photo Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court hears arguments on gay marriage. Sometime this early July, the Court will announce the outcomes in cases on Californian's ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A new study shows that many Alabamians are in favor of increased protections for gay and transgender residents, according to a release from the Alabama Stonewall Democrats.

The new poll results were released on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies gay married couples from receiving the same federal benefits that heterosexual married couples receive.

Based on the survey, which was conducted by Natalie Davis and Associates, 60 percent of Alabama residents are in favor of legislation that “protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.”

The survey was conducted in March of 2013 and indicated that 77 percent of those polled in Birmingham are in favor of those legal protections. The results show an 8 percent increase of those in favor of legal protections compared to when the poll was last conducted in October of 2011.

Seventy-five percent of women polled were found to be in favor, and 78 percent of men who were polled found to be in favor.

To view the complete results of the survey, click here.

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