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Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country

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Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP
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A new international 'morality poll' looking at 40 nations has revealed that Spanish people earn top marks in terms of acceptance of homosexuality.

The Pew Research Center's Global Views on Morality poll showed that  Spain was the least homophobic country of the 40 surveyed. 

A total of 55 per cent of Spaniards described homosexuality as "morally acceptable," while 38 per cent said that it was "not a moral issue." Only 6 per cent felt that homosexuality was "morally unacceptable."

The least tolerant countries were Ghana and Russia, where 98 per cent and 72 per cent of those surveyed  deemed homosexuality "morally unacceptable".

The poll — which did not include the traditionally gay-friendly nations of Scandinavia — also looked at public opinions on issues including extramarital affairs, abortion, premarital sex and gambling.

Despite its conservative Catholic background, Spain has been a progressive leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in recent years.

In 2005, it became the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Earlier this month, the country became the first to announce plans to open an old people's home specifically for the LGBT community. It also allows adoption by same-sex couples, and equal access to IVF and surrogacy for all couples and individuals.

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