LGBT Rights and Women's Rights: Intragroup Attitudinal Differences of the Non-Religious in the United States

Frame, Nicole
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title

This study adds to the growing literature on the non-religious in the United States which has assumed that, overall, the non-religious are a homogenous group when it concerns moral-political attitudes. Using the framework of secularization and the concept of the Non-theist collective identity this study explores intragroup differences among the non-religious in terms of attitudes towards LGBT rights and women's rights. The Non-theist collective identity includes a general support for human rights, particularly LGBT and women's rights. In this study, pooled data from the General Social Survey years 2006-2016 were used to compare Non-theists (those without a god belief) and Non-religious Believers (those with a god belief) on their attitudes towards homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and abortion. Analysis of the data reveal that Non-theists are significantly more likely to support homosexuality, same-sex marriage, traumatic abortion, and elective abortion when compared to Non-religious Believers. Implications of these findings include the need for a better categorization of non-religious affiliation in general surveys. Other implications and future direction of research are discussed.

This item is available only to currently enrolled UTSA students, faculty or staff.
Atheists, Collective Identity, LGBT Rights, Non-religious, Secular, Women's Rights