Support for LGBT+ Rights Soaring in the Czech Republic

MEDIAN agency survey showed that the majority of Czech citizens support LGBT+ rights.

This comes after a bill to legalize same-marriage was introduced to the Chamber of Deputies in 2018. Despite attempts to stonewall the legislation, the Government announced its support for the bill.

Although, it has since been pelted with postponements since a vote was scheduled to take place. Deliberations, at times lasting seven hours, have stalled the bill and it has not been discussed since early 2019.

The poll suggested that support and opposition for marriage equality rather cleanly sits on generational lines. The most surprising result from the survey is the increase of support for equal marriage among the age group from 35 to 54.

There’s also an increase in support for the adoption of children by gay and lesbian couples, families – both of a child of one partner by the other in the relationship [77 percent], and of a child from an institution [62 percent].

Last year, 15% of respondents polled by Media were firmly against legislation allowing same-sex marriages, up from 10% in 2018.

The Czech Republic was the first post-communist country in the European Union member to adopt a registered partnership law, back in 2006.

In 2009, in the Czech Republic, a complete list of anti-discrimination laws was passed which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, education, housing and access to goods and services.

By and large, Central Europe is not seeing an increase in LGBT rights. A global, resurgent wave of conservatism is hard at work in the region. Hungary changed its constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2012, followed two years later by Slovakia.


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