Report: Tennessee 1 of only 6 states with majority against same-sex marriage
According to the Public Religion Research Institute's (PRRI) 2017 American Values Atlas, while 44 states have majorities supporting same-sex marriage, Tennessee is among those that don't.
Only 41 percent of Alabama residents supported gay marriage, followed by Mississippi (42 percent), Tennessee (46 percent), West Virginia (48 percent), Louisiana (48 percent) and North Carolina (49 percent). Kentucky residents were just slightly in the supporting majority with 51 percent.
Despite the opposition to same-sex marriage, the survey found a majority of Tennesseans (53 percent) do not support businesses discriminating against same-sex couples. The survey also found 60 percent of Tennesseans favor laws protecting LGBTQ citizens from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing.
The survey findings were based on more than 40,000 telephone interviews based on randomly generated phone numbers from all 50 states. PRRI states the institute is dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture and public policy.