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Strong empathy in favour of civil and gay unions but treading more carefully on adoptions.
Analysing over 100,000 comments made between June – shortly after Ireland’s 23 May referendum on gay marriage that heated up online debates – until mid- September, we noted that there seems to be a clear convergence over the idea of broadening the concept of the family to include cohabiting couples. In fact, 73.6% of comments on the subject were in favour of civil unions between people of the same sex and well over 60% were in favour of passing legalisation to legalise gay marriage. Interestingly, this latter majority in favour of gay marriage has been relatively steady over the last four years: the percentage was 57.6% in 2012, 60% the following year and then peaked around the time of the Irish referendum, which captured the interest of the supporters of gay marriage. In other words, it is not a surprising or unexpected development.