Immigration

National Survey Shows Gays Oppose Arizona's New Immigration Law Far More Than Straights -- Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

According to a recent national survey, if you're gay, opposing Arizona's controversial, new immigration law is very in right now.

The survey, released earlier this week by Harris Interactive, finds that gays, lesbians, transgenders, and bisexuals oppose the new law in much higher numbers than heterosexuals.


The survey, conducted in early May, just a few weeks after the bill was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, finds that 63 percent of homosexuals polled oppose the law. In contrast, 33 percent of straight people polled oppose the new statute.

While the new statute's ability to keep illegal immigrants out of Arizona is yet to be seen (it isn't scheduled to take effect until July 29, and lawsuits attempting to block it have been filed), the mere idea of the law seems to be doing a pretty good job at keeping homosexuals from wanting to visit the Grand Canyon State.

According to the survey, 43 percent of homosexuals polled say they are less likely to vacation in Arizona thanks to the law, as opposed to 23 percent of straight people who say the bill is enough to keep them away.

Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck Combs Communications, a co-sponsor of the poll, explains the contrast: "It's not surprising that many LGBT individuals are opposed to many forms of statutory discrimination. As citizens and consumers, LGBT behaviors mirror these attitudes - tending to favor and choose destinations, products, and services, as well as making political choices that support equal and respectful treatment for all."

Check out the entire poll here.

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