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Czechs back same-sex marriage as country debates changing law

Czechs back same-sex marriage as country debates changing law

  • Could Czech Republic become the next European country to make marriage legal? Two-thirds of Czechs think it should.
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Two thirds of Czechs think same-sex couples should be allowed to marry and most support adoption rights too.

That’s the result of a new survey by the Median agency in the Czech Republic.

The country of 10million people in eastern Europe is currently considering marriage equality in its parliament. However, the law change has been delayed, despite the government supporting it.

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The survey found 67% of people supported marriage for same-sex partners.

Moreover, 78% agreed that if one partner in a same-sex relationship had a child, the other partner should be able to adopt it.

And 62% thought same-sex couples should be able to adopt children currently being cared for by institutions.

However, it seems the marriage debate in the Czech Republic has hardened opposition to equality too.

A year before, 10% of people were ‘definitely’ against proposals for marriage equality. Now that has risen to 15%.

And the number of people opposed to a gay, lesbian or bi person adopting their same-sex partner’s child has risen too from 6% to 9%.

Researchers found more support for LGBT+ people among younger Czechs and inhabitants of Bohemia – the western part of the country. Older people and those from Moravia, in the east, were more likely to be against

The researchers polled more than 1,000 people over 18 from all over the Czech Republic.

Deputies stall on making same-sex marriage legal

The Czech Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, starting debating the marriage bill in November 2018. They looked at it again in March 2019. But they still haven’t finished the debate.

The issue has split parliament, which is causing the delays. 46 deputies put forward the legislation in June 2018 but three days later a group of 37 deputies proposed changing the constitution to make marriage only between men and women.

The right to marry and adopt is a big remaining issue for LGBT+ Czechs. The country, an EU member, already has an equal age of consent, discrimination protection and the right to change gender.