Poll: Developed Countries Show Strong Support For Gay Marriage
A new poll found that 73 percent of the most developed countries in the world support some form of legal recognition of same-sex couples -- just as the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on two landmark gay marriage cases, reports Ipsos, a global market research company.
Of the 16 developed countries surveyed, 52 percent support full marriage equality while 21 percent support some form of legal recognition but not marriage.
More than 12,480 adults were surveyed in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
Nearly 60 percent of people polled thought "same-sex couples should have the same rights to adopt children as heterosexual couples do" and 64 percent said, "same-sex couples are just as likely as other parents to successfully raise children."
"What we see is that in every one of the 16 countries we surveyed, there is a majority in favor of allowing same sex couples to have some sort of legal recognition," Nicolas Boyon, an Ipsos senior vice president, told Reuters. "In nine out of 16 countries we see an outright majority in favor of full marriage equality."
"We see majorities in 12 of 16 countries supportive of gay parenting," Boyon added.
In the countries that have legalized gay marriage (Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium, Canada and France) the majority of people surveyed said they backed full equality for same-sex couples, along with most Germans, Britons and Australians.