By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 October 2015 • 10:23
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AS many as 84 per cent of people in Spain support same-sex marriage, according to the most recent data released by the European Commission.
The Eurobarometre shows that Spain is amongst the countries in the European Union which show more support to LGBT marriages, only beaten by the Netherlands (91 per cent), Sweden (90 per cent) and Denmark (87 per cent).
On the opposite side, the highest opposition encountered to these unions in Europe can be found in Bulgaria (only 17 per cent of citizens are in favour), Latvia (19 per cent) and Romania (21 per cent).
This report on discrimination to the LGBT community was created using data from May and June of 2015 and shows that Spanish support for same-sex marriage has gone up by 28 per cent since 2006 (when the law allowing people of the same gender to marry had already been operational for one year), as back then, support was only at 56 per cent.
In addition, the 1,000 interviewed people in Spain were asked whether or not they thought gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals should have the same rights as heterosexual people. Most of them (90 per cent) answered affirmatively to this question, only beaten by the percentage registered in the Netherlands (96 per cent) and Sweden (95 per cent).
Women tend to accept rights of the LGBT community more than men (73 per cent as opposed to 68 per cent from men).
By ages, youths between 15 and 24 years old have a percentage of acceptance higher than older residents (80 per cent as opposed to 62 per cent when interviewees are older than 55).
Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 10 countries in the European Union: Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Portugal and the UK.
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