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Bloomberg Politics Poll: Sexual Orientation Deserves Same Protection as Race, Americans Say

A majority also says the country is on the road to full marriage equality.
Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building on March 30, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Demonstrators gather outside the City County Building on March 30, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Nearly three quarters of Americans say sexual orientation should be protected from discrimination the same way race is, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll.

The finding of widespread support for legal protections for gays and lesbians comes in the wake of the contretemps over religious-liberty laws in Indiana and Arkansas, and with the Supreme Court expected to rule broadly on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in June.