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Nearly half of British Asians say same-sex relationships are acceptable

The new survey was undertaken by the BBC for the Asian Network

By Steve Brown

Nearly half of British Asians believed same-sex relationships are acceptable, according to a BBC poll.

In the new survey, 43 per cent of British Asians had no problem with same-sex relationships, however, around 34 per cent said they would be offended if a relative had sex before marriage.

Of the 2,026 respondents to the survey, 1,197 were born in the UK – with countries of origin being predominantly India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

A similar number of UK citizens replied to the questions with 75 per cent saying same-sex relationships were acceptable and only five per cent saying they would be offended by sex before marriage.

The broadcaster carried out the survey for the Asian Network by ComRes and it also found that 12 per cent of British Asians “toned down” their Asian identity.