With Canada being one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2005, most Canadians have been overjoyed with the acceptance that our country brings to everyone. However, a new study shows that a shocking number of Canadians still aren't on board with same-sex marriage, and still don't think it should be legal in Canada. According to Research Co. poll, 25% of Canadians are opposed to same-sex marriage in Canada.
The Research Co. poll asked a variety of Canadians a number of questions about same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ2+ community from July 15 to July 17. When these respondents were asked how they felt about same-sex marriage in Canada, 10 percent stated that same-sex couples "should not have any kind of legal recognition". 15 percent stated that same-sex couples "should only be allowed to form a civil union" and not marry.
This poll means, that 1 in 4 Canadians don't agree that same-sex marriage should be legal throughout the country.
11 percent of Canadians were unsure about their answer, and 64 percent agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to be legally married.
The survey also found that this answer varied depending on the descent of those who were asked. 71 percent of Canadians of European descent approved of same-sex marriage. While only 44 percent of Canadians of East Asian descent approved of same-sex marriage.
That number drops even more as only 42 percent of Canadians of South Asian descent believe that same-sex marriage should be legal throughout the country.
On top of this, 24 percent of Canadians believe those who are part of the LGBTQ2+ 'choose' to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and others, while 45 percent of Canadians believe that those who are part of the LGBTQ2+ community were 'born' into it. 31 percent of Canadians are unsure of their answer.
This study shows that while Canadians are considered to be one of the most diverse and accepting countries on the planet, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to being completely accepting of everyone in our nation.
According to the Canadian Encylopedia, Canada was the fourth country to legalize same-sex marriage, following in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.
After the first year of legalization, statistics showed that there were more than 45,000 declared same-sex couples in the country.