Most Czechs support same-sex marriage

61 percent of Czechs are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, yet debate over the issue continues in parliament.

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Why this story matters:

Gays and lesbians have been able to obtain a registered partnership in Czechia since 2006. Since then, 2,647 couples have taken advantage of the opportunity.

However, registered partners do not have the same rights to shared property as married couples. They also do not get the same tax benefits, do not have the right to a widow or widower’s pension or other benefits and they do not have rights to adoption. They do have the right to be informed about the health of their partner.  

Currently, a proposal for marriage equality is in the Lower House of the parliament, and is scheduled for this week's session. To be passed, it would need the support of 60% of the parliament's 200 members.

“They say that society is not ready. The most conservative group are men above 45 years of age and that’s the group where support is the lowest. They are the most represented in politics and think that society has the same opinions as them. Therefore, the Czech political scene is more conservative than [the] Czech public itself”, says sociologist Daniel Prokop, who presented the results of public opinion research on the subject.

Details from the story:

  • The debate in parliament came after a lengthy campaign from the organization “Jsme fer” (We Are Fair)
  • Results of the three public opinion research companies were released last week and show that 61% of Czechs are in favor of same sex marriages
  • Opponents of same-sex marriages were in the majority until 2008. From 2008 to 2015 both opponents and supporters were equal. Since 2015, opinion has evolved in favor of same-sex marriage.
  • Three-fourths of young people up to 29 years of age favor legalizing same-sex marriages
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