A majority of Mexicans favor allowing
gay and lesbian couples to marry.
According to a
Parametria survey conducted in July, 52 percent of respondents
support gay marriage, while 44 percent remain opposed. Fifty-two
percent of Roman Catholics are also in support. That's a thirteen
point increase in support from a previous poll conducted in December
Fifty-seven percent of Mexicans (60% of
Catholics) support gay troops serving openly in the military.
Openly gay politicians are supported
Eighty-nine percent of respondents said
that gay people in Mexico should be treated equally, but 9 in 10
acknowledged that discrimination exists in the nation.
However, a large majority of Mexicans
(70%) are opposed to gay couples adopting children, a 4 point drop
from last year's survey.
And when asked to choose either a
statement in support of same-sex unions as a testament to a free
society or a statement in support of marriage remaining a
heterosexual union, only 36 percent chose the former, a ten point
increase from 2004, while 51 percent chose the later.
“It is noted that in the Mexican
population there is a greater openness on the subject of gay rights,”
pollsters wrote in releasing their findings. “However, there is
still some resistance to including gay couples in certain
institutions such as marriage or family.”