SEOUL, April 17 (UPI) -- A recent South Korean poll showed young South Korean respondents are increasingly open-minded about the rights of sexual minorities and their favorable attitudes toward the LGBT community have doubled from 2010 to 2014.
The trend, according to South Korea's Asan Institute, showed South Korea is moving toward consolidating its democratic and liberal values.
Of those in their twenties, 47.4 percent polled said they were open-minded about homosexuality, a near-doubling, in percentage terms, from the 26.7 percent who responded similarly in 2010.
The number of South Korean respondents who showed no reservations about homosexuality increased from 15.8 percent to 23.7 percent in 2014, and those who support the legalization of same-sex marriages rose from 16.9 percent in 2010 to 28.5 percent. That figure is higher for younger South Koreans, with 60.2 percent of those in their 20s saying they approve of gay marriage, up significantly from 30.5 percent in 2010.
LGBT rights became a headline issue in South Korea when Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon told the San Francisco Examiner in 2014 that he hoped South Korea becomes the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
South Korean conservative groups denounced Park's statement and Park's proposed Seoul City Charter of Human Rights, which would have outlawed discrimination against gays, was scrapped in the face of opposition.
In March the Korea Communications Standards Commission received complaints after South Korean television network JTBC aired a lesbian kiss scene in a popular television drama.
South Korea's Kyunghyang Sinmun reported the groups filing the complaint said the scene was unsuitable for a show that was approved for audiences 15 years or older.
A coalition of gay rights groups on March 31 denounced the broadcasting agency's subsequent decision to consider suspending the television show.
The decision to suspend the show was postponed on April 9, according to various South Korean news sources.