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Canucks support gay marriage


Canadians are much cooler with same-sex relations than their U.K. and U.S.

cousins, according to a new public opinion survey.

The online survey by Angus Reid Public Opinion found 61% of Canadians want

same-sex marriage to remain legal while 41% of Britons and 36% of Americans

would legalize it in their countries.

More than half of all Americans surveyed - 55% to be precise - want the U.S. Supreme Court

to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Where support does exist for same-sex marriage, it is more likely to be

found among members of the two youngest generations in all three countries.

But younger Americans, those born between 1980 and 1995, are more

conservative when it comes to homosexuality than Canadians and Britons who

are the same age.

The survey was conducted from July 12 to July 16 among 1,003 Canadian

adults, 1,002 American adults and 1,980 British adults. The margin of error

is plus or minus 3.1% for Canada and the U.S. and plus or minus 2.2% for

Great Britain.