Monday, November 25, 2013

New Poll Indicates Majority Support For Marriage Equality in Mexico

A new poll from Mexico shows that although support for same-sex marriage is high, discriminatory attitudes towards LGBT people are still prevalent in the country.
According to a Parametria survey conducted in July, 52 percent of respondents support gay marriage, while 44 percent remain opposed. Fifty-two percent of Roman Catholics are also in support. That's a thirteen point increase in support from a previous poll conducted in December of 2012.
Fifty-seven percent of Mexicans (60% of Catholics) support gay troops serving openly in the military.
Openly gay politicians are supported 49-45 percent.
Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that gay people in Mexico should be treated equally, but 9 in 10 acknowledged that discrimination exists in the nation.
However, a large majority of Mexicans (70%) are opposed to gay couples adopting children, a 4 point drop from last year's survey.
And when asked to choose either a statement in support of same-sex unions as a testament to a free society or a statement in support of marriage remaining a heterosexual union, only 36 percent chose the former, a ten point increase from 2004, while 51 percent chose the later.
These are very interesting results. It is curious how people could support the right for same-sex couples to get legally married but in the same breath do not think those same couples should be able to adopt kids!

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