- 14 Mar 2002
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While the government of PM Kishida and LPD lawmakers remain cautious over "the impact on society", an overwhelming majority of Japanese voters support the legalisation of same-sex marriages:
Support for legal recognition of same-sex marriages has steadily increased. The ratio in favour was 65 per cent in a survey in March 2021 and 41 per cent in February 2015. Despite the trend, conservative members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party continue to prevent Diet deliberations on the issue. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has also expressed cautiousness, saying on Feb. 1 that legalized same-sex marriages are a topic that "will change society." However, 67 per cent of supporters of Kishida's LDP back the legalization of same-sex marriages, according to the nationwide telephone survey. More than half of all respondents, or 51 per cent, said legislation prohibiting discrimination against sexual minorities should be introduced, while 39 per cent oppose the idea. Among respondents who support legal same-sex marriages, 36 per cent said an anti-discrimination law is not necessary. Forty-seven per cent of LDP supporters backed such a law.
Survey: 72% of voters in favor of legalizing gay marriages | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis
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