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Support down for same-sex marriage in Czech Republic in 2014

New polling finds 73% of the Czech people support same-sex relationships being given legal protection in the form of civil partnerships but support for same-sex marriage in the Central European country appears to be going backwards
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If a new poll is to believed, the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage is becoming less popular, not more, in the Czech Republic - with 6% less saying they support it this year compared to figures from last year.

The polling data was released by the CVVM research agency on Friday and found wide support for the Czech Republic’s current method of recognizing same-sex couples – with 73% saying they were in favor of the country’s civil unions scheme.

However in 2014 only 45% said they supported same-sex marriage, compared to 51% in 2013 and 2012 – the first time the poll had found majority support.

Czechs were also divided over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, with 45% saying they should and 48% saying that they shouldn’t.

LGBTI people can already adopt as single people in the Czech Republic but they cannot adopt as couples or adopt their partner’s biological children – meaning they are not guaranteed custody if their partner dies.

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