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Eurobarometer: half Estonians support granting equal rights to gay couples

BC, Tallinn, 27.10.2015.Print version
The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that Estonians are divided by half in the issue of granting same-sex couples the same rights as to heterosexual couples and which means Estonia is the most LGBT-friendly Baltic country, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

The survey results showed that 44% of Estonian residents agreed with the statement that "gays, lesbians and bisexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals" and 45% of the polled disagreed with that. 11% could not express their opinion. In Europe, on average, 71% of people supported this assertion.


Around a third of people in Estonia supported same-sex marriages while in Europe, on average, nearly twice as many people supported it.


Although the support of Estonians in similar issues remained significantly lower than the European average, it was still slightly higher than in the other Baltic countries. For example, 40% of Estonian people felt that sexual relationship of two same-sex people is nothing bad. By contrast, in Lithuania, 30% of people thought the same way. Also in Lithuania as many as 71% of people were opposed to same-sex marriages. In Latvia, 42% of the people thought that gays, lesbians and bisexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals.


The European Commission's Eurobarometer survey on "Discrimination in the EU in 2015," interviewed 1,018 people in Estonia and 27,700 people across Europe. The study mapped the religious discrimination too.

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