A large majority of Peruvians oppose a
proposed civil unions bill for gay couples but support most of the
rights the measure seeks to grant.
According to Lima daily El
Comercio, only 33 percent of Peruvians support civil unions,
while 61 percent remain opposed.
The measure, introduced by Congressman
Carlos Bruce, is expected to be debated shortly.
The paper found near majority support
for the rights outlined in the bill, including the right of partners
to make critical health care decisions (52%), inherit property and
assets (49%), and access a partner's pension (52%). Fifty-four
percent also support the right to access a partner's health
A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do
not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.
march to support gay civil unions bill in Peru.)