Survey finds 45% believe same-sex marriage inevtiable in Asia-Pacific

Survey finds 45% believe same-sex marriage inevtiable in Asia-Pacific
LiYing Chien and Cynical and Shane Lin and Marc Yuan were two of the first couples to get married in Taiwan on Friday (Photo: Provided)

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.

Taiwan this month became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Australia implemented equal marriage in 2017.

Places such as Thailand and Hong Kong have also made improvements to LGBTI rights in the region.

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

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