The vast majority of people in Germany are in favour of same-sex marriage, and the coalition government led by Angela Merkel (who’s against it) is out of step with public opinion.
The latest official survey by the government’s own Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency shows that 83% of the population think gay and lesbian couples deserve marriage equality. That’s an 18% increase compared to a decade ago. 75% of Germans now support full adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Given the current political situation in Germany, with the rise of the right-wing populist party, the AfD, and its homophobic rhetoric, it may come as a welcome surprise that around 90% of the population don’t see homosexuality as immoral, an improvement of nearly 12% compared to a decade ago. 75% think that schoolchildren should learn about both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
But public displays of affection are still a bit too much for some; 40% of those surveyed were uncomfortable about seeing two men kissing (you might guess that the figure for two women kissing was around 10% lower). Around 10% of people don’t like to see heterosexuals kissing in public either.
And it’s ok so long as it’s not your child; around 40% would be unhappy to learn their son is gay or lesbian.
This year, 2017, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency has a particular focus on discrimination and the legal and social equality of the LGBTI community, including special events at Berlin’s Brandenburger Gate on the International Day against Homo- and Transphobia on May 17th.