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Legal Marriage Surveys in the European Union
© December 24, 2006, Demian


In this poll, the phrase “homosexual marriage” is used, which is inaccurate and misleading. It implies that there is a legal difference, as well as some sort of assumed “heterosexual marriage.” Legally, there is no difference.

When getting a marriage license, opposite-sex couples are not asked if they are straight. Their sexual orientation is not known. The same is true for legal marriages that are offered to same-sex couples. The marriage discrimination is based on the perceived biological sex of the couple, not their orientation.

To deny access to the same rights as all other citizens is a transgression against most state constitutions, and a deliberate anti-gay action based on prejudice rather than any scientific reality.

We do not include any Web-gathered surveys because they are not scientific in that they are self-selective, only available to a certain economic class, sample far too narrowly. Also, because one party could make multiple votes, and because the polls have been subject to program hacking, they have been proven to be grossly unreliable. Web surveys cannot be used to accurately measure public attitude, particularly on volatile issues.

European Union Poll

———— 2006 ————

= TNS Opinion & Social / Eurobarometer
Conducted September 6-October 10, 2006
Released December 24, 2006
Interviews with 29,152 people ages 15 and older in the 25
European Union (EU) member nations, two acceding countries,
two candidate countries, and the Turkish Cypriot Community
Margin of error 3.1 per cent

Do you agree with homosexual marriages being allowed throughout Europe?
Do you agree with authorizing the adoption of children
for homosexual couples throughout Europe?
(“Agree” answers listed)
  Marriage Adoption
European Union 44% 32%
Netherlands 82% 69%
Sweden 71% 51%
Denmark 69% 44%
Belgium 62% 43%
Luxembourg 58% 39%
Spain 56% 43%
Germany 52% 42%
Czech Republic 52% 24%
Austria 49% 44%
France 48% 35%
Britain 46% 33%
Finland 45% 24%
Ireland 41% 30%
Italy 31% 24%
Slovenia 31% 17%
Portugal 29% 19%
Estonia 21% 14%
Slovakia 19% 12%
Hungary 18% 13%
Malta 18% 7%
Lithuania 17% 12%
Poland 17% 7%
Greece 15% 11%
Bulgaria 15% 12%
Cyprus 14% 10%
Latvia 12% 8%
Romania 11% 8%
Complete Report (PDF)
www.angus-reid.com/admin/collateral/pdfs/polls/EUROBAROMETER_66.pdf


We welcome additional information with verifying citations.
© 2006, Demian
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Companion Survey Articles

Governments that offer Full Legal Marriage
Nations

    Netherlands (2001)
    Belgium (2003)
    Canada (2005)
    Spain (2005)
    South Africa (2005)
    Norway (2009)
    Sweden (2009)
    Iceland (2010)
    Argentina (2010)
    Portugal (2010)
    Denmark (2012)
    France (2013)
    New Zealand (2013)
    Brazil (2013)
    Uruguay (2013)
    New Zealand (2013)
    United Kingdom
      (England, Wales, Scotland) (2013)
    Luxembourg (2014)
    Finland (2014)
    Ireland (2015)
    United States (2015)
    Colombia (2016)
    Germany (2017)
    Taiwan (2017)
    Malta (2017)
US States & Territories

    Massachusetts (2004)
    California (2008)
    Connecticut (2008)
    Iowa (2009)
    Vermont (2009)
    New Hampshire (2009)
    District of Columbia (2009)
    New York (2011)
    Maine (2012)
    Washington (2012)
    Maryland (2013)
    Rhode Island (2013)
    Delaware (2013)
    Minnesota (2013)
    Illinois (2013)
    Utah (2013)
    New Jersey (2013)
    Hawaii (2013)
    New Mexico (2013)
    Michigan (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Oregon (2014)
    Wisconsin (2014)
    

    Arkansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Pennsylvania (2014)
    Indiana (2014)
    Nevada (2014)
    Virginia (2014)
    Oklahoma (2014)
    Idaho (2014)
    West Virginia (2014)
    Alaska (2014)
    Arizona (2014)
    Wyoming (2014)
    Kansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Florida (2014)
    Colorado (2014)
    North Carolina (2014)
    South Carolina (2014)
    Montana (2014)
    Alabama (2015)
    U.S. Supreme Court (June 26, 2015):
      Ruling: All U.S. States must now
      allow same-sex couples the
      freedom of legal marriage.
Native American Tribes

    Coquille Tribe, Oregon (2009)
    Mashantucket Pequot, Connecticut (2011)
    Suquamish Tribe, Washington (2011)
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington (2013)
    Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota (2013)
    Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan (2013)
    Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan (2013)
    Santa Ysabel Tribe, California (2013)
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation, Washington (2013)
    Cheyenne, Oklahoma (2013)
    Arapaho, Oklahoma (2013)
    Leech Lake Tribal Court, Minnesota (2013)
    Puyallup Tribe, Washington (2914)
    Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming (2014)
    Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan, (2014)
    Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington (2014)
    Central Council of Tlingit, Alaska (2015)
    Haida Indian Tribes, Alaska (2015)

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