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(09/16/09) -

Canada More Open to Same-Sex Marriage than U.S., UK

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Canadians are
generally more tolerant to the idea of same-sex marriages than Americans and
Britons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 61 per cent of Canadians
say couples of the same gender should continue to be allowed to legally marry
in their country.



(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Canadians are
generally more tolerant to the idea of same-sex marriages than Americans and
Britons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 61 per cent of Canadians
say couples of the same gender should continue to be allowed to legally marry
in their country.

In contrast, only 33 per cent of Americans
and 41 per cent of Britons say that same-sex marriage should be made legal in
their respective countries. 36 per cent of respondents in the United States
say that such couples should not be granted any type of legal recognition, and
18 per cent of Britons agree.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in the
Netherlands, Belgium, Spain,
Canada, South Africa, Norway
and Sweden.
At least 20 countries offer some form of legal recognition to same-sex unions.

In the U.S., same-sex marriages are currently
legal in six states.

On Sept. 15, a group of Democrat
lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a bill seeking to overturn
a federal law denying recognition of gay marriage and giving states the right
to deny recognition to same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Jane Harman, a Democrat representative from
California,
said that, "This bill is yet another chapter in the nation’s ongoing quest
to live up to the ideals of equality and freedom embodies in the Constitution. (…)
Fairness, tolerance, and social justice are principles that we must practice as
well as preach."

 

Polling Data

 

Canada

Which of these statements comes closer to
your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in Canada?

 

Same-sex couples should continue to be
allowed to legally marry

61%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to
form civil unions, but not marry

23%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind
of legal recognition

11%

Not sure

4%

 

United States

Which of these statements comes closer to
your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in the United States?

 

Same-sex couples should be allowed to
legally marry

33%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to
form civil unions, but not marry

25%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind
of legal recognition

36%

Not sure

5%

           

Britain

Which of these statements comes closer to
your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in the UK?

 

 

Same-sex couples should be allowed to
legally marry

41%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to
form civil partnerships, but not marry

37%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind
of legal recognition

18%

Not sure

5%

 

Source: Angus Reid Strategies

Methodology: Online interviews with 1,006
Canadian adults, 1,007 American adults, and 2,001 British adults, conducted
from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent in Canada and the United
States, and 2.2 per cent for Britain.