Americans sharply divided over transgender issues along religious lines -poll

There is a distinct divide among Americans along religious lines when it comes to transgender issues, especially when it comes to society's acceptance of transgender individuals, a new analysis by the Pew Research Center has found.

(REUTERS / Adnan Abidi / Files)A participant holds a rainbow coloured placard during Delhi Queer Pride Parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi November 30, 2014.

According to the new Pew analysis, the majority (63 percent) of Christians in the U.S. believe that a person's gender is established by the sex they are born with, while 62 percent of those who are unaffiliated say that is not necessarily the case.

While white evangelical Protestants (84 percent), black Protestants (59 percent), and white mainline Protestants (55 percent) share the same view with majority of the Christians, the Catholics are divided on the issue as 46 percent of them say a person could have a different gender from the sex assigned at birth.

When it comes to society's acceptance of transgenders, 61 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe Americans have "gone too far," while 57 percent of the unaffiliated think society has "not gone far enough." The latter group believes that transgender individuals ought to be allotted restrooms that conform to their current gender identity.

Earlier this month, Pew released a study showing the division among the American public on the possibility of a person to have a different gender from their sex at birth. The survey was prompted by debates on transgender individuals' public restrooms, official identification, and service in the U.S. military.

According to the survey, 54 percent of Americans believe that a person's gender is determined by their sex at birth, while 44 percent say otherwise.

The same study also showed the sharp divide between Democrats and Republicans on the issue. The majority (80 percent) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe that gender is determined by the sex at birth, while 64 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents say a person could have a different gender from the one they had at birth.