Challenging the “majority support” argument on not introducing an antidiscrimination legislation on the ground of sexual orientation in Hong Kong
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AbstractIn Hong Kong, the Government has argued that antidiscrimination legislation on the ground of sexual orientation has not been introduced because “majority support” has not been reached. First, this paper questions whether public opinion should be given such heavy weight in the policy debate by asking: How informed is the majority of public in Hong Kong about LGBT people? With a representative sample of 1,005 adults collected through a telephone survey, it is found that the Hong Kong public surveyed showed limited contact with LGBT people, and only about 60% could correctly point out that there is no legislation protecting LGBT people from discrimination. Second, it is found that there is already “majority support” for legislation against discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation in Hong Kong. This paper makes several contributions to the research literature. First, it challenges the “majority support” argument on not introducing an antidiscrimination legislation on the ground of sexual orientation in Hong Kong. Second, it debunks the myth that Hong Kong society is as negative on LGBT rights as portrayed. Third, it argues that the “majority support” argument should be scrutinized when it is deployed in other settings to delay or reject legal changes on controversial topics.
Acceptance Date30/05/2017
All Author(s) ListSUEN Yiu Tung
Journal nameHong Kong Law Journal
Year2017
Month5
Day30
PublisherUniversity of Hong Kong
Pages1 - 20
ISSN0378-0600
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsSexuality, sexual rights, sexual politics, public opinion, discrimination, LGBT, Asia, Hong Kong

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