Thursday, October 24, 2013

Poll: Significant post DOMA increase in resistance of gays and lesbians to accept employment in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage

According to a new Harris Poll organizations have a diminished pool of talent to choose from when recruiting employees to states that do not recognize marriage equality. Moreover, there are significant increases in the resistance to relocate to a non-equality state between 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, 30% of gays and lesbians said that they would change jobs rather than relocate to a marriage discrimination state. In 2013, that jumped to 49%, more than a 63% increase in resistance.

In fact, 60% of gays and lesbians said that they would decline a promotion if it required them to move to a state that did not recognize same-sex marriages. Overall, 79% of gays and lesbians would prefer to work for an employer in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.

The new survey also reveals that two-thirds (67%) of all Americans today, regardless of their feelings of approval or disapproval, believe that marriage equality is inevitable everywhere in the U.S.

Some disturbing news:

Another finding suggests that we who try to inform the community are doing a terrible job. Overall, 76% of adults mistakenly believe that it is illegal, under federal law, to discharge an employee for being LGBT. 67% of LGBT adults think that their employment is protected under federal law.
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