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Many Canadians Still Don’t Support Same-Sex Marriages


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Many Canadians Still Don’t Support Same-Sex Marriages

While same-sex marriage has been legal for almost 15 years, some Canadians are still against LGBTQ people’s right to marry.

According to a Research Co. poll, around 1 in 4 Canadians still oppose same-sex marriage laws. Roughly 10 per cent of the poll’s respondents said they do not want legal marriage rights for same-sex couples of any kind.

Around 15 per cent said same-sex couples should be able to have civil unions only, with 66 per cent in favour of same-sex marriage. About 11 per cent of the respondents were undecided.

The poll also touched on a cultural divide among Canadians over same-sex marriage.

According to the poll, 71 per cent of respondents of European backgrounds backed the right, while 44 per cent of people of East Asian backgrounds and 42 per cent of people of South Asian descent support same-sex unions.

The poll also asked people’s opinions on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) programs used in some Canadian schools.

Around 60 per cent of respondents were in favour of the programs, 20 per cent were against, and some others were unsure. 

The majority of support came from women at 67 per cent. Sixty-four per cent of Canadians aged 18 to 34 and 70 per cent of people who voted Liberal in the 2015 election also supported the programs according to the poll.

The poll also states that these programs have faced intense opposition from some Christian and conservative groups.

The poll was held from July 15 to 17 among 1,000 adult Canadians. It was statistically weighted for age, gender and region. 

What do you think about this poll’s findings?

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