Marriage Equality support in Australia is at its highest ever level according to according to a new Galaxy poll. They surveyed a sample group of 865 Australians aged between 18 and 69 years, distributed throughout the Australian states. This poll found that 64% agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, of which 32% indicated strong agreement of that point.
Interestingly the results also showed that 41% were more likely to vote for the opposition Coalition, if it allowed a conscience vote on same sex marriage, while 32% claimed their vote would not be affected.
Alex Greenwich of Australian Marriage Equality pointed out that it will be a win win situation for same-sex couples, their families and Tony Abbott’s Coalition, despite Abbott’s reluctance to allow a free vote. ‘A Coalition conscience vote won’t just benefit same-sex couples and their families, it will also benefit the Coalition at the ballot box,’ he said.
‘Support for marriage equality has risen to its highest point ever because Australians are increasingly realising that marriage equality will strengthen relationships, families and marriage. If [the federal parliament] ignore the aspirations of the majority of Australians and fail to support this reform, it will occur anyway. State by state and territory by territory.’
This is great news for not only the gay and lesbian community of Australia, but also the wider world, where marriage equality has become a global issue, with the governments of many nations gearing up to debate and vote on equality.
In Australia a brand new advertising campaign has just been launched, promoting the message that marriage is about family and equality rather than the gender of the marriage. This interesting video features a gay couple and their extended families, showing how they support the couple’s relationship and embrace each other as family. An image of emotional attachment and inclusively that is often forgotten or ignored by many who oppose marriage equality.