EU: attitudes towards same-sex marriage & adoption significantly vary

18/12/2006

The European Commission just published latest Eurobarometer results, including on attitudes towards same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.

The survey also shows that openness towards homosexuality tends to be quite limited. On average, only 32% of Europeans feel that homosexual couples should beallowed to adopt children throughout Europe. In fact, in 14 of the 25 Member States lessthan a quarter of the public accepts adoption by homosexual couples. Public opinion tendsto be somewhat more tolerant as regards homosexual marriages: 44% of EU citizensagree that such marriages should be allowed throughout Europe. It should be noted that some Member States distinguish themselves from the average result by very high acceptance levels: the Netherlands tops the list with 82% of respondents in favourof homosexual marriages and 69% supporting the idea of adoption by homosexualcouples. Opposition is strongest in Greece, Latvia (both 84% and 89%, respectively) andPoland (76% and 89%).

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Attitudes towards homosexuality

Extracted pages from the Eurobarometer results on homosexuality. Full report is available on the European Commission's website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/


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