China: Supporters, Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Clash in Online Polls

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12/23/2019

As China’s top legislative body begins reviewing potential changes to the country’s civil code this week, supporters and opponents of legalized same-sex marriage have taken to online polls to make their views known. The social media accounts of several Chinese courts and government offices, including Beijing’s Haidian District People’s Court and the press office of Pudong New Area in Shanghai, have posted online polls about the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage, after an official from the National People’s Congress acknowledged Friday that the topic was among the most popular requests submitted by the public during a one-month feedback period. By Monday afternoon, each poll had between 284,000 and 300,000 votes in favor of considering the legalization of same-sex marriage, accounting for over 96% of total respondents.

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