JAPAN: 51% Back Same-Sex Marriage In New Poll

Bloomberg reports:

A majority of Japanese support changing the country’s laws to allow same-sex unions, with the highest backing coming from younger respondents, according to a poll. Fifty-one percent of people polled by researchers from universities and the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research back such partnerships, the Asahi newspaper reported. Support exceeded 70 percent among respondents in their 20s and 30s, while 38 percent in their 60s and 24 percent in their 70s were in favor, the Asahi said. This year, Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward became the country’s first local authority to recognize same-sex partnerships and this month started issuing “equivalency to marriage” certificates to gay couples. While the move has helped build momentum for same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and some senior members of his party are cautious on the issue.

Same-sex marriage has yet to be approved by any Asian nation.

  • Well this will certainly be awkward for all the Grindr guys who have “no Asians” on their profiles….

    • Ed Burrow

      I uh…had asian for breakfast..

      • bambinoitaliano

        And you had another 2 hours later?

      • Alan S. Lee

        Dim sum?

    • Joseph Miceli

      Hey…don’t include me! Black, white, green, purple….if you are pretty, I’ll fuck you.

      • sherman

        Take your pick.

        • Joseph Miceli

          While the faces are a bit creepy, when they are pressed in the pillow no one can see them anyway. Besides, who doesn’t love a little blue moon?
          I’ll take all three!

  • oikos

    Japan’s older generation is very conservative. This is a positive sign. I hope it happens.

  • BearEyes

    “equivalency to marriage” certificates

    How does one say “skim milk” in Japanese?

    • Shy Guy

      脱脂乳

      To be fair, though, most jurisdictions start with something like this.

    • Smartypants

      The first domestic partnership registry was passed by the West Hollywood City Council in 1985. It was another 30 years before marriage equality became law in the United States. I suspect Japan will move much faster to achieve equal recognition of same-sex relationships now that LGBT enclaves are organizing around the issie.

    • Mark Lewis

      残念賞。:|

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Whenever I hear one of my crotchety contemporaries diss millennials, I tell them “You’re just pissed because they’re fixing the world that YOU fucked up.”

    • Gyeo

      If I had a dime for every time a baby boomer trashed my generation I would have enough money to buy a house in the market they destroyed.

      • hiker_sf

        Yeah, but it was the oligarchy, not a particular demographic, that destroyed the various economies.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Yeah, but it was that demographic that largely stood by and let it happen — or worse yet, played an active role in the destruction by voting for the shits who serve the oligarchy.

          • hiker_sf

            So what are you doing about the attacks on Planned Parenthood – why are millennials letting that happen? See how that works?

      • perversatile

        I thought Boomer criticism
        was just another way of saying
        we did a shitty job bringing up our youngins.

      • David Walker

        I am very disappointed in my generation. I don’t know what happened. We started out aware, socially conscious, brave, with an appreciation for the various disciplines of art. I knew we wouldn’t attain all of what we hoped for, but I thought something good would come out of us…not just the music and general taste for weed. We had brave men who stood be their beliefs and left the country rather than betray themselves, and we had women who bravely supported them. The republicans and war mongers called them traitors and draft-dodgers. Now our generation is defined by draft dodgers themselves, but of the worst kind. Cheney’s “I had better things to do than be drafted” says it all…for them. We accelerated the dumbing down of America and a lot of other shit. I’d really hoped that we’d do something. Unfortunately, what my generation is responsible for is disappointing at best. I understand why young people think they’ll be better off when we’ve all died. Considering how fucked up people my age left things for you, I’d feel the same.

      • JCF

        Baby boomers trashed my generation, too (and I’m a Baby Boomer!).

        http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2015-09/16/13/enhanced/webdr14/anigif_enhanced-18981-1442425314-2.gif

    • hiker_sf

      I’m a “tail-end” boomer and I agree.

    • j.martindale

      Not to be too critical, but you might consider that it was the boomers who started the sexual revolution that enabled the gays of today to have a life outside the closet.

      • GayOldLady

        Thank you, sir! I get weary of hearing the boomers blamed for things that the majority of boomers had nothing to do with. The financial crisis of 2007/2008 impacted the boomer generation more than any other. The leading edge boomers are on the way out, the trailing edge boomers are now considered Seniors. It’s time for younger generations to own the world and change it for the better.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          I hear where you’re coming from — clearly most boomers didn’t play an active role in all the bad shit that’s gone down, and there were many of us who actively opposed it.

          But also consider the majorities of voters who elected scum like Ronald Reagan, who actively supported Dubya’s insane way in Iraq, and who for decades have voted in politicians who have served the oligarchy and extremist groups like the NRA.

          Somebody is responsible. Lots of somebodies.

          • GayOldLady

            I agree with you about those who voted for Dubya and Reagan, but the Boomers were not alone in those foolish votes by any stretch. Reagan garnered a lot of support from the “Greatest Generation”, as did Bush, there were also some millenials who voted for Bush. I love the millenials and Gen X’ers, I have children and grandchildren in both generations and I hope they can bring this country back into balance. The greed of the few, impacted the lives and the livelihoods of many in ways that The Baby Boomers and The Greatest Generation never really imagined or understood. I think the crash of 2007/2008 was a major eye opener for both generations.

          • sherman

            Umm, Republicons voted for Ronnie and Worst, and as we all have seen, Republicons are never responsible. 🙂

          • David L. Caster

            Plenty of blame to go around. But fixing blame will not fix the problems. We are here now. It’s time to ask where we want to be then set about getting there.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            “Plenty of blame to go around. But fixing blame will not fix the problems.”

            Yup, but acknowledging where we fucked up is the first and most critical step in preventing similar future fuck ups.

          • David L. Caster

            The best course of action is almost always:

            1) Identify the problem;
            2) Solve the problem;
            3) Prevent the problem from arising again.

            Dealing with the direct cause which might be an individual, policy, institution, belief, failure of judgement, or just a plain old human error may come into play in each step, but the ultimate goal should always be adjusting the state of the system so the defect in question does not appear again. That can only happen after the defect is actually, demonstrably, and provably corrected.

          • Christopher Smith

            Nope. Fixing and assigning blame is Task ONE. In the stupidest First World country on earth, most Amurrikkkans do not even know how things came to this catastrophic pass.

          • David L. Caster

            Nevertheless, even taking that as the first step will not fix the problems and focusing too intently on doing so often has the effect of delaying and ultimately preventing the solutions from being found at all, let alone implemented. Placing blame might make us feel better momentarily while we point the finger of scorn but that alone does not serve the end of cleaning up the mess.

          • Christopher Smith

            In this country? With a gerrymandered House comprised of reactionary thugs who pander only to the most outrageous fascism and who deliberately commit fraud and felony by refusing to govern–THE JOB FOR WHICH THEY ARE OVERPAID? Nothing will be done to clean up anything until the Rethugs are out of power.

          • David L. Caster

            Ah, I must have been momentarily snark challenged. No argument here. And the mayhem will continue until people wake up enough to get off their dead asses and vote.

        • j.martindale

          Boomers, Gen x’ers, millenials–it is all another form of generalization and stereotyping. Every generation had its challenges, its successes, its failures. We all contribute to the good and the bad. We do no good fixing blame on those who came before us. We have challenges enough ahead of us. There are people of each generation who have much to offer…and a few whose path we must resist. But they are individuals, not some amorphous Borg we are dealing with. Fight the tendency to create inter-generational division the way you would fight the tendency to permit bigotry toward any minority.

          • Christopher Smith

            Nonsense. The depredations of 35 years of Rethug near-tyranny, beginning with Ronnie Raygun, have turned Amurrikkka into the stupidest, greediest, vilest First World country on earth, and your ludicrous little generalizations about ‘fixing blame’ are beyond worthless. Those Nazis weren’t so bad after all, and they had their successes and their failures, didn’t they? SNORT

          • j.martindale

            The snorting is the most cogent part of your blathering here.

          • Christopher Smith

            And there is nothing cogent, coherent, or remotely intelligent about your drivel.

          • j.martindale

            You are a fool and a jerk. For one thing, Reagan did not belong to the boomer generation. Secondly, he was put in office by people who were born before the War ended. Boomers split their vote almost evenly between Carter and Reagan. And your blame game and divisive nonsense is puerile bullshit.

          • Christopher Smith

            You are a boob and a troll. For one thing, this thread is not about ‘the boomer generation.’ Secondly, Reagan was only the beginning of the atrocity period. Thirdly, your stupid comment about the vote split has nothing to do with what I said. And your cliches, your amazing stupidity, and your attempts at debate are JUVENILE steaming HORSE MANURE.

      • I look at the difference between my generation and my parents and I see some good things… our son shares music with us back and forth, our politics are more in line, turned me on to meditation… my parents listen to easy listening / Montevanni + FOX crap (that hurts) when I am there… Our son is further to the left than I am – and was our best man at our wedding. My parents (who boycotted the wedding) are teaparty racist homophobic repubs… and my son when he was a little kid asked me one day “Dad, were you switched at birth?” That being said I know a lot of my siblings who sold out 1/2 way thru college. And yeah we marched and fought against Vietnam and for human rights and look at us now! Its not all bad…

  • RossPDX

    Maggie Gallagher, shown here at a recent press conference in Tokyo, made a lot of screeching sounds.

    • bkmn

      It was feeding time.

      • perversatile

        I MUST HAVE DIM SUM RAAAAAGH

        • RaygunsGoZap

          That’s Chinese!

          • perversatile

            I know.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Ohhhhhh. I get it now.

          • perversatile

            I didn’t know Chinese words for
            “cake made from doughnuts and baked ham”

          • Doug105

            蛋糕由甜甜圈和烤火腿

          • perversatile

            Such a beautiful language,
            Xièxiè

          • bambinoitaliano

            That’s a very long name for a little bun.

          • Jimmie Z

            Ham biscuits …
            (Just ask Lindsaybelle)

          • MDB

            ‘Cuz they’re so hammmy and biss-kitty.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTP3eUyOkoE

          • Robert Schaaf

            “Dàngāo yóu tián tián quān hé kǎo huǒtuǐ” according to Google Translate.

          • Timincarolina

            火腿甜甜圈. that’s more like pork doughnut, but whatever.

          • Jimmie Z

            Ham biscuits.

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          • Joseph Miceli

            Considering the Japanese appetite for Chinese land or people…
            …oops! Too soon?

    • billbear1961

      lol

    • sherman

      Always reminds me of a Bulwer-Lytton finalist from many years ago.

      “It had been three days since Torfungu had eaten Los Angeles and now he sat looking down at Bakersfield, a tasty little morsel indeed.”

      • Gene

        the best and most enjoyable of all writing contests to read the entries to

    • Michael Rush

      Maggie Gallagher looks very different in this recent picture …

      WORMS !!!

      http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac199/jumpinacrater/a999/maggie%20meerkat%20.jpg

      ( if you don’t get the reference see …
      Inside Amy Schumer Season 2 Episode 5 )

      • Cuberly

        Oh

        My

        Gawd!

        That was pretty freaking funny.

    • glass

      Gojira would never be as nasty and evil as Maggie the maggot.

    • Robincho

      Oh holy fuck to the noes!!!! It’s Gag-ZIRRA!!!!!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      She appears to have lost some weight.

    • JT
  • bkmn

    Fewer than 1% of Japanese are Christian so at least they won’t have to fight the babble bangers the way we did in the US.

  • Jim Hennelly

    Love Asians. Smooth, sexy, faithful.

    • bambinoitaliano

      You seem to miss a bunch of sexy furry Asians.

    • fuzzybits

      Seriously?

    • Gyeo

      Uhhhh. . . wut?

    • stevenj

      I’ve traveled in Japan numerous times extensively from one end of the country to the other and would say that is mostly a generalization. I myself find a lot of Japanese men sexy but I do remember seeing a lot of moderately to fairly hairy Japanese men in sentos and neighborhood bath houses. Faithful? Don’t know about that one.

  • The Japanese love to use English words, so I wonder what they call gay marriage. “Gay ma-dee-ju”? Sort of like how “Frank Sinatra” becomes “Flahn-ko See-na-tu-da”. I remember a radio commercial in Tokyo many years ago. The product sounded like “Fuji Codah”. So I asked an American what Fuji Codah is, and she said, “Oh, the Japanese love to use American names on their products.” When she saw how puzzled I was by her answer, she added, “It’s the film for cameras. FujiColor.”

    • Fyva Prold

      “What did he say?”
      “More intensity”

      • LOVED that movie! Flanko Sinatura. Ode bdue ice!

        • TuuxKabin

          Have you watched Oishi Dushi interview Adele, LaToya Jackson, Larry Hackman, the Tramps, the Weather Girls and others? Very funny. YouTube and hopefully, enjoy.

    • OCW

      I read that after the incident where the first Bush president got sick and puked when he was at a conference in Japan, many Japanese started using “Bush-a” instead of whatever their word was for vomiting.

      • Bushusuru! To do the Bush thing. In other words, to puke, especially to puke on a high-ranking dignitary during a formal dinner. The Bush family’s highest cultural achievement!

  • Steven Leahy

    I have kind of hoping and expecting movement in some modern Asian nation, especially one like Japan. Good news.

    • Phil

      Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Singapore seem the more likely to at some point. Outliers could be PRC (HK SAR), Thailand. At any rate, it’s a good few years off.

      • Phil2u

        I don’t know about So. Korea. There are a lot of fundamentalist Protestants there. Thailand or Singapore would get my dollar on a bet, following Japan.

        • bambinoitaliano

          I would not bet on Singapore. The country can’t quite decide how it wants to be perceive.

          • Robincho

            I perceive it as Disneyland With The Death Penalty…

          • bambinoitaliano

            I would not perceive that country as Disneyland at all. More like a Lego land. Impersonation of a first world country that does not look quite natural.

        • Merv99

          Homosexuality is still against the law in Singapore.

          • Phil2u

            I had forgotten that. Thanks.

          • Robincho

            And don’t be droppin’ no damn gum on no sidewalk, neither…

        • It wont be Singapore for a long while. A big brother that they look up to will have to legalize it first.

          • Steven Leahy

            I have been to Singapore and from the vibe I got, I agree with you.

        • charliebkk

          We hope the ruling junta-of-the-day will finally do something about this issue in Thailand. There is virtually no anti-lgbt discrimination here, but the marriage issue is not high on the agenda. Oddly enough, the constitution which is being considered does include rights for transsexuals, but no gay marriage rights.

          • Phil2u

            I think that is because the Thai people have recognized, culturally speaking, a “third gender” for a very long time.

        • Hue-Man

          Singapore, this past week:

          “The announcement that Queen singer Adam Lambert will be headlining the Countdown 2016 New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore has sparked outrage and support in almost equal measure.

          A petition demanding for the singer to be dropped from the event has been signed by over 15,000 Singaporeans due to fears that the openly gay singer will perform “lewd acts” on stage in front of children.”

          https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/27/adam-lambert-has-sparked-an-online-war-in-singapore/

      • There was some talk not all that long ago about Vietnam moving toward legalizing SSM.

      • Gyeo

        South Korea has a evangelical protestant problem to contend with before marriage equality can happen.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Just idle speculation, I don’t really know…but are the evangelicals there because of our military presence? A lot of the military is Evangelical and of course our country’s idiotic reverence for “faith” might possibly have fostered the growth of Evangelical poison in South Korea.

          • Gyeo

            There has been missionary work in Korea for a long time before the pronounced military presence, but yes, the military presence does contribute to the Evangelism there.

      • glass

        If it happens in Japan (very likely), it will eventually happen in Thailand. The Thai’s are big fans of much of the Japanese culture.

  • Don_K

    I read once that Japan usually catches up with the West on social issues about 20 years after the fact. Maybe this time it won’t take 20 years!

  • Phil2u

    Anyone else love Genki Sudo?

  • The Japanese come at social issues in a different direction than we do. In much of the west individuality is praised and elevated as an good quality trait. The Japanese hold to “the nail that sticks up, gets hammered down”. That is slowly changing, but is still the prevailing wisdom.

    All of the large pleasure districts have an area of gay bars, with little violence, except for some misbehaving foreigners. I believe equal marriage will come quickly to Japan. The sticking point however will be the paperwork. Here its a matter of getting a license, getting married and filing it. There the groom sends for his ancestor papers, the bride is added to his family, she signs it, he signs it, and the papers are sent back. That is a legal marriage, the ceremony isn’t required. So there will have to be some agreement on who goes on whose families papers.

    • Homo Erectus

      What happens when the groom is adopted or an orphan?

      • I don’t know what occurs in Japanese adoption. Marriage in Japan is more or less an adoption into the family of a new daughter.

        When my son married in Japan, he was added to her ancestor papers. But first he had to know the meaning of his name so he could get a “chop” so he could sign legal paperwork. So, legally he is now a member of her family.

  • Homo Erectus

    Good news for a change.

  • billbear1961

    LUMEN!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7G5hy8FMc8

    It must be the young who will lead us forward, out of the darkness and into the LIGHT!

    WE must help, but the the task will be increasingly theirs, as it always is in every society!

    Let’s hope they’ll have the strength, for there can be no doubt that the forces of reaction, of evil, are everywhere arrayed against the budding promise of Enlightenment!

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    While far from an expert on Japanese society, I have only visited a few times (and really did not like the place…it never “grew on me”). The Japanese have struck me as synchophants to Western society. Whatever they perceive as good in the West is good in Japan. Exhibit “A” being the ABSURD adoption of Christmas decorations (not Christmas, just the decorations). If the Japanese think the cool people in the West are in favor of something, so are they.

    • Episonix

      Ugh you sound like a total pretentious dilettante toolbox <3

  • leastyebejudged

    This picture made me smile, they look so happy !

  • NZArtist

    Japan is winning, Australia.

    • billbear1961

      Kick Australia in the ass for me, would you, please, tiger?

      You can be so PROUD of beautiful New Zealand!

      • NZArtist

        Meh. I was thinking we could just give it back to Texas.
        I was gonna say, I didn’t really have anything to do with marriage equality in New Zealand. But then I remembered I made a bunch of submissions to the government committees about it. So maybe I did. 🙂

        • billbear1961

          It used to belong to TEXAS?

          :O

          • NZArtist

            Everyone calls Australia ‘Texas with Kangaroos’. They want so much to be just like Texas I’m sure they must have been separated at birth.

        • billbear1961

          Just saw the second part of your post!

          Good work, tiger!!

          🙂

  • Michael Rush

    This puts me that much closer to marrying
    my imaginary online boyfriend …

    • Or …

      • RJ Tremor

        Nah, I gotcha both beat. The fantasy part at least, if not more. *Grin*

        (There are plenty of other pics of this fella, named Tom, but it was the handiest on my phone.)

    • Damn. David Vitter looked good in his younger days.

  • Adonisus

    This is a pretty big deal.

    Japan, despite the image portrayed in their popular culture (anime, etc.) is actually a VERY conservative country with VERY traditional views on things like gender roles. This is actually a pretty big break through.

    • Todd Allis

      If you watch enough anime, a good deal of it shows there too.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    OT/ In a new low, even for Cruz, the weaselpecker suggested the PP terrorist was a “transgendered leftist activist” at a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday. The utter lack of integrity from all the republican candidates is just breathtaking, but Cruz is giving even “the Donald” a real run for the title of “greatest liar” and demagogue.

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-planned-parenthood-shooter-transgender_565ba648e4b072e9d1c23a85

  • JCF

    If they have to vote for it to get marriage equality, I suspect 51% polling in favor isn’t near enough.

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