Germany has the highest level of support for gay marriage among countries where it is not yet legal.
In a newly published survey, almost 83 per cent of Germans said same sex couples should have the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. More than three quarters – 75.8 per cent – believed there should be equal adoption rights and 67 per cent said those couples should receive the same level of support as their straight peers when it comes to seeking IVF treatment.
Despite these positive numbers, some people also expressed some anti-gay sentiments. Almost ten per cent of participants believed homosexuality was immoral and a little more than 18 per cent said it was unnatural. Some more subtle forms of homophobia were also revealed in the survey. Nearly 44 per cent of those asked agreed that members of the LGBT community should “stop making such a fuss about their sexuality”. More than a quarter, 26 per cent, thought discussions about gay issues took up too much time in the media.
When asked about their children, around 40 per cent of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable if their son or daughter was gay.
The survey was conducted by the German Anti-Discrimination Agency, Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes, but did not examine attitudes towards transgender people.
Christine Lüders is the head of the agency. She hoped that German politicians could be “as open-minded as the majority of the population with regard to marriage for all”.
Back in 2015 German Chancellor Angel Merkel said that while she supported equal rights for LGBT people, she did not think their relationships should be called ‘marriages’.
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