31/03/2008

Survey Shows Irish Support Gay Marriage

A survey has shown support for gay partnerships is on the increase among the public.

In a poll conducted by Landsdowne Market Research, 84% of over 15s said that same sex marriages should be given legal recognition.

Those living in Dublin appeared to have the highest level of support for the policy.

Of those surveyed, 51% believed the legal partnership should be called 'marriage', unlike the present UK structure, which terms the union as a 'civil partnership'.

The issue of gay adoption divided the respondents, with only 39% believing it should be allowed. According to the survey, the vast majority of dissenters were over 40s and male.

Richard Waring, Marketing Director for Lansdowne Research said: "A common concern around adoption is more about the child being teased for having gay parents, than their sexuality being influenced.

It is an issue where the head and heart are still at conflict. Many accept that logically gay couples can - and do - make equally good parents but for some (older males in particular) it is taking some time to get used to."

The survey was conducted by telephone in October 2006 sampling 1,000 members of the public.

(DW/JM)

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