Some 71% of respondents in the recent Kyodo News mail-in survey on the Constitution said same-sex marriage should be legalized, while 27% thought otherwise. Article 24 of the Constitution stipulates that “marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes.” The government view is that the article does not envision same-sex marriage; however, more and more people view the article as also protecting the rights of sexual minorities.
Regardless of the political party they support, over 60% of respondents said same-sex marriage should be allowed under the law. A full 64% of Liberal Democratic Party supporters back the idea; Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan supporters, 67%; and Nippon Ishin backers, 71%; Komeito supporters, 71%; independents, 78%.
By age group, the younger the age of the respondent, the more likely they were to be forward-looking about same-sex marriage, with 85% of those in their 30s or younger backing the idea, 77% of those in their 40s and 50s, and 55% of those age 60 or over. (Abridged)
[The survey was conducted between March 1 and April 11 via mail ahead of Constitution Memorial Day on May 3, targeting 3,000 people aged 18 or over, of whom 65.3 percent gave valid answers.]