Most Swedes favor legalising gay marriage: poll
March 01, 2004
STOCKHOLM — While gays in Sweden have been accorded the same rights as
married couples through "registered partnerships," 61 % of
Swedes say gays should be allowed to formally tie the knot, a poll
Only 30 % of 1,011 Swedes polled opposed legalizing gay
marriage, while 8 % were undecided, according to the
Gallup survey conducted between February 23 and 27 and published in
the daily Svenska Dagbladet.
Women appeared to have a much more liberal outlook than men,
with 67 % of the females polled in favor of legalizing the
practice compared to 54 % of their male counterparts.
The poll also revealed that younger Swedes were more liberal on
the question than older people.
Sweden has since 1995 permitted "registered partnerships"
between same-sex couples, giving gays the same rights as
But while many Swedes already refer to gay civil union
ceremonies as weddings, and although some ministers have conducted
same-sex marriage ceremonies, the Swedish church as a whole does
not condone the practice.
Gay marriage, likely to become a hot issue in this year's US
presidential election, generally stirs little emotion in Europe
although few countries have accepted it. – Sapa-AFP
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