A survey by a newspaper in Japan has revealed just how few ruling-party lawmakers in Japan support equal marriage. Only 9% of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates in upcoming Upper House elections said they would support same-sex marriage.
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun asked Upper House candidates from all parties to choose one of five options on same-sex marriages: ‘support,’ ‘support if I have to choose,’ ‘oppose,’ ‘oppose if I have to choose’ and ‘I cannot decide.’ 36% of the LDP candidates said they opposed same-sex marriages or opposed them if they had to choose and only 9% supported same-sex marriages or supported them if they had to choose. However, 55% answered that they could not decide.
Japan does not currently allow same-sex marriage and its laws do not protect LGBT people from discrimination.
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