Survey finds 45% believe same-sex marriage inevtiable in Asia-Pacific
A survey by the Economist found 45% of respondents in the Asia-Pacific believe same-sex marriage is inevitable in the region.
But, 31% of respondents disagreed that same-sex marriage is inevitable.
Meanwhile, three-quarters of those surveyed reported a more open climate for LGBT rights compared to three years ago.
The Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed 1,901 people—including 339 in Asia—for their report Pride and Prejudice: Assessing Progress in Asia-Pacific.
Of those reporting an improving climate for LGBT people, 38% cited a change in policies or laws. Meanwhile, 36% said coverage of LGBT Issues in mainstream media was a major factor.
The top reasons cited for diminishing openness was anti-LGBT advocacy by religious institutions.
But, in Indonesia and Malaysia religious leaders and politicians are whipping up Islamic fundamentalism against their LGBTI communities.
Michael Gold, who edited the research, said: ‘These findings reinforce Asia’s forward momentum on LGBT rights in light of Taiwan’s historic legalisation of marriage equality’.
He also said: ‘more action needs to be taken to move the needle for LGBT people in countries across the continent.’
LGBT Business in the Asia-Pacific
The survey also found the share of Asia-Pacific executives who believe there is a return on investment to LGBT-progress-raising measures grew by ten percentage points.
And, those who would like their firms to increase funding for LGBT diversity and inclusion rose 11 percentage points.
‘Businesses have a crucial role to play, alongside governments, courts, civil society and the general public’ said Gold.
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Author: Rik Glauert