I think it's a pretty redundant question, to be honest. If anthropomorphic animals existed, our answers might be different, and people who don't identify as Furries might even say yes, because the entire of concept of a "Furry" wouldn't exist as we know it, except perhaps to denote somebody who particularly liked people of that race, in the same way someone might say "He/she likes [Insert race here]" (Ok, I admit that it's a bit of a departure from human races, but you get the analogy). Even a person who says yes here (and you probably have a little biased) might not be attracted to anthros in the real world. The entire dynamics of race and culture would be completely changed, because there would be more races. Might it in that circumstance offend anthros to say you wouldn't date/marry them just because they're anthros? People who originally say "No" could also end up meeting an anthro that they coincidentally fall in love with them on account of their personality, and there'd no doubt be bigots who would say that was wrong.
There are so many factors that would go into this argument; how commonly does it occur, and how often did it occur historically? Do anthros tend to prefer other anthros? Would reproduction be possible? It's a question that's kind of impossible to answer without simply referring to a superficial gut instinct. For the record, though, I did vote yes, because I'm sure I'd be open to that possibility in such an alternate dimension, but I could never say for sure unless I lived in this hypothetical universe!
I so know what you mean, I had to deal with this kinda issue in my character's story.
It's something world changing and takes decades to hundreds of years to become normalized in a society.
People would have to deal with the realization that this pet genetic labs created is much smarter than they thought.
Is a pet a pet if it can communicate? If it can communicate isn't it a person?
As a person it's an emotional being like man is, so hence connections as friendship and love are bound to happen.
Marriage would be a taboo at first but as people voiced their feelings and opinions it would slowly become accepted
certain groups and countries may refuse to accept it but the majority will. Given a few generations past that, people
would want kids, and genetic labs would help by combining the DNA of the parents making breeding with your Anthro
Taken from Furegon Genesis part 2
(Book in the works)
"Finally the war ended, many countries ripped apart were finally able to stop and grieve. Now of course the problem was, What do we do with all these Dog Boys and constructs we made for the war.
"Do we just kill them now we don't need them?"
"Who's going to take care of them?"
"They're soldiers, they earned their peace."
Some said they should be destroyed now that the war was over, they were a useless drain. Some small nations did exactly that, video of this leaked and made another cry begin. The larger nations with a huge civilian population mostly untouched directly through war started programs to take in the now displaced Dog Boys.
It was called, the Lost Dog movement which ended up being highly successful. Many many Dog Boys were just happy to be part of a pack again, finding a home among families. Designed to be loyal and obedient, the newly adopted families soon found the new members to be extremely helpful. Many used to the mindless work of a soldiers life, found the assistance given second nature.
Some even joined their Human family at work, keeping full time jobs and contributing to the family. This was the time when many Dog Boys, with the aid of families filed for changes in the laws.
Over 40yrs later they had succeeded, Canids as they were now called were man's second hand. Both needing the other and bound through now generations of life together, the small pets which started as Skupples, now were a brother race to Humans. Symbiotic and emotionally bound, the two walked forward to the next era....SPACE."