New Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support Strong in Developed Nations

Written by scott on June 18th, 2013

titleA new Ipsos poll looked at support for gay marriage and recognition of gay/lesbian relationships in 16 countries. The Chicago Tribune reports:

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on gay marriage this month and France’s recent decision to legalize same-sex unions, an Ipsos poll for Reuters showed that 52 percent of people in 16 nations favor full marriage equality for gays and 21 percent support legal recognition but not marriage. Only 14 percent of the 12,484 adults questioned in the survey objected to same-sex marriage, or any type of legal recognition, and 13 percent were unsure how they felt.

In nine of the 16, there was outright support for full marriage equality:

In Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium, Canada and France, where gay marriage is legal, a majority of people supported full equality for same-sex couples, along with most Germans, Britons and Australians. In Argentina, which recognizes gay marriage, less than half of people (48 percent) favored marriage equality for gays.

Support in the US, though, was much lower than most recent polls:

The numbers were similar in the United States, where legal recognition of gay couples varies by state, with 42 percent supporting marriage for gays and 23 percent favoring legal recognition.

Last in line for marriage equality support? Poland. No surprise.


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