We’ve had several high profile victories for same-sex marriage in the last couple of years, but there are still many countries lacking marriage equality and have issues with homophobia.
However, we are seeing acceptance and support for gay marriage across the globe, as one in three adults in a global survey believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.
The research looked at 100,000 people across 65 countries, and found that 32% of people believe marriage equality should be legalised. However, a surprisingly high 45% of people did not support the legalisation of gay marriage, with 23% saying they were unsure.
This study was conducted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, and they said their findings show how deeply continents and regions are divided.
For example, only 19% of Africans and 26% of Asians said they approved of same-sex marriage, in comparison to the higher approval rates of 35% in the Americas, 41% in Europe and 56% in Oceania.
Their study also found:
- 67% of the world agrees human rights should be applied to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
- 46% of respondents know someone LGB, while only 28% know someone transgender
- 38% of respondents globally feel that adults should be allowed to have private, consensual same-sex relationships.
- Only 26% believe being LGBTI should be a crime.
- And 65% would have ‘no concerns’ if their neighbor was gay or lesbian (ranging from 43% in Africa to 83% in Oceania)
Renato Sabbadini, Executive Director at ILGA, spoke on the findings: “Public attitudes in both hostile and friendly nations are not as extremely negative as might have been feared.”
“However, this does not erase the fact that violence and discrimination inflicted on sexually and gender diverse people all around the world continues unabated, and indeed is increasing in places. Too often we still see sexual and gender minorities being convenient scapegoats for leaders who are looking for support from more conservative sectors of their society.”