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Three in five people in Wales back gay marriage

Three in five people in Wales back gay marriage

A major poll for gay campaign organization Stonewall Cymru has revealed that three in five people in Wales support government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.

The survey conducted by independent polling experts, You Gov, also showed that three quarters of Welsh adults under 50 support the UK government plans for marriage equality in England and Wales.

A Stonewall press release said this was ‘despite a vitriolic campaign against equal marriage from a small number of well-funded and disproportionately vocal political and religious groups’.

It comes as members of the Welsh Assembly – Mike Hedges AM (Labour), Peter Black AM (Liberal Democrat), Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru) – have been gathering cross-party support for the proposals.

The YouGov poll of over 1,000 adults living in Wales also shows half think there’s still prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people, and more than four in five believe it’s right to tackle that prejudice where they say it exists.

It also shows that the majority, and crucially a majority of people of faith in Wales, support what has been done to secure equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

But Living Together reveals that in the last five years 114,000 people of working age in Wales have witnessed homophobic bullying at work and three in five young people have witnessed homophobic bullying in their school.

Andrew White, director of Stonewall Cymru said: ‘Deeply offensive comments made about gay people by some senior politicians and faith leaders in recent months – likening same sex relationships to polygamy, bestiality and child abuse, or comparing equal marriage supporters to Nazis – shows that prejudice has strong support among some disproportionately vocal groups.

‘Thankfully, this polling clearly shows their views are increasingly out of touch with modern Wales.

‘As Stonewall Cymru mark our first decade in Wales we are mindful that there’s still much work to be done to make sure that every one of Wales’ 184,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual people can live and work free from hatred, prejudice, and fear.’