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 insurance.

A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.

(Related: Thousands march to support gay civil unions bill in Peru.)