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A survey commissioned by the Coalition for Family shows that 13% back including incest in a legal definition of marriage.
One in three people aged 18-24 support polygamy and fluid arrangements, a new poll for Colation for Marriage (C4M) says.
The survey of over 2,000 people in the United Kingdom was conducted by ComRes.
Around 55% would be pleased if their child married someone of opposite sex, while one in six would approve that their child married a same sex person. Only one in five would be pleased if their child lived with a partner but never married.
Asked about the different types of relationships that could be brought under the legal definition of marriage, 17% supported polygamy, 15% temporary marriage contracts, 15% fluid relationships and 6% backed incest.
YOUNG PEOPLE: SHIFT IN OPINION ABOUT POLIGAMY
But among 18-24 year old, the acceptance of new forms of ‘marriage’ was much higher. 32% support polygamy, 32% back fluid arrangements, 24% temporary marriages and 13% said incest should be brought into a legal definition of ‘marriage’.
Colin Hart, Chairman of C4M, said: “This is a deeply worrying poll that demonstrates a shift in attitude away from supporting traditional marriage and the concept of a life long commitment towards your wife or husband”.
According to Hart, the survey shows that “despite all the rhetoric from the Government about the importance of marriage, they are failing to get this message through. Indeed this poll shows that a quarter of youngsters believe getting married should be similar to buying a mobile phone – a time-limited agreement that at the end both parties can chose whether to downgrade, upgrade or continue on a regularly renewable basis”.
Read more outcomes of the survey here.
ABOUT COALITION FOR MARRIAGE
The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition. Launched in 2012, the Coalition has worked to protect freedom of conscience on marriage for its supporters.