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Gay pride flags fly over the harbor in Provincetown, Mass., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Located on the extreme tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a small coastal resort town known for its gay-friendly atmosphere and night life. Since gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004, Provincetown has become a destination for same-sex weddings. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A new survey shows that 72 percent of Americans support the laws that protect LGBTQ community


A new report by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Thursday showed that Americans' overall attitudes toward the LGBTQ community have shifted.

The report revealed that most Americans oppose the restricting rights of the LGBTQ community. More than 72 percent of Americans support laws that protect the rights of people who identify as LGBTQ, according to the survey.

The survey found that two-thirds of Americans agree that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military. The findings also suggested that 60 percent of people who identify as Republicans support legislation that supports the LGBTQ community.

In the survey, PRRI asked participates if wedding vendors should be allowed to refuse service to LGBTQ couples on religious grounds. Nearly 53 percent of Americans said wedding vendors shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to LGBTQ couples on religious grounds.

The survey comes amid heightened concern for the LGBTQ community after President Donald Trump seemingly banned transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," President Trump said in a series of tweets. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

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