Although there is no statewide anti-discrimination law to protect citizens based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a new survey shows many Hoosiers think there is.

The poll by Bellwether research showed 73 percent of Hoosiers think it illegal to discriminate against a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.   Despite that number, on 62 percent  of those surveyed surveyed support making it illegal in Indiana to discriminate against the LGBT community.

The polled also showed that 47 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for a legislator if he/she voted against protecting LGBT people from discrimination.  And 69 percent of those surveyed indicated they had a family member or close friend (or both) who is gay or lesbian.
The poll surveyed nearly 1,300 Hoosiers, via online, using the same methodology that is used in telephone surveys.
It was conducted from Dec 2-9.