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Majority of Christians in Australia support marriage equality

'Politicians should stop paying so much attention to conservative Christian advocacy organisations'

Majority of Christians in Australia support marriage equality
Most Australian Christians support marriage equality.

A new poll has reveal most Australian Christians support marriage equality. They also don’t want any changes to the law to let religious groups discriminate against LGBTI couples.

Today’s Galaxy Research poll showed 54% support marriage equality. Almost 50% oppose civil celebrants being able to refuse services to same-sex couples because of their conscientious belief.

The poll also showed 77% support for a free vote in parliament as soon as possible. The Australian Government is sticking to its guns that it wants to decide the issue with a public vote called a plebiscite. But one of its own Senators, Dean Smith, may introduce a Bill as early as August to decide the issue.

Lobby groups don’t speak for everyone

The survey also found 61% are unhappy with conservative religious groups representing the views of all Christians. That number includes 55% of regular church-goers. Conservative groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby have been very vocal about their opposition to marriage equality.

The Very Reverend Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Cathedral said the poll proved Christians want everyone to be treated equally.

‘I’m pleased to see Australian Christians holding firm to Christ’s injunction to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves,’ he said.

‘I’m particularly pleased that most Christians feel their views on marriage equality are not represented by conservative religious groups.

‘This means it’s time our leaders listened to a greater diversity of Christian voices.’

The national Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) group commissioned the poll.

‘With Australian Christians so conclusively behind marriage equality, it’s time for politicians to have a free vote and get this done,’ said PFLAG’ national spokesperson Shelley Argent.

‘Politicians should stop paying so much attention to conservative Christian advocacy organisations which a majority of Christians feel don’t represent them.’


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