A new poll reveals more than half of Christians in Australia support same-sex marriage.
The poll, commissioned by the Equality Campaign surveyed 1,000 people online and found 58% of Christians would vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming plebiscite.
Catholics in particular are in favor of marriage equality, with 66% in support.
The question asked: ‘If you were to vote, do you think that you would vote “yes” or “no” to allowing same-sex couples to marry in Australia?’
Jim Reed of Newgate Research, the organization that conducted the poll, said there was a maximum 3% margin of error.
He said: ‘What we’re seeing in this latest poll is confirmation that there is a majority support for same-sex marriage even when they’re given the very real decision of a vote rather than more general ideological support.
‘They give an indication certainly that a majority of people of the major faiths also support same-sex marriage and probably will do so in this vote,’ he added.
This means that overwhelmingly, religious Australians support same-sex marriage.
This comes about after Catholic and Christian leaders urged congregations to vote ‘no’ on the upcoming vote.
Catholic church leaders condemn same-sex marriage
Catholic church leaders threatened to fire members of staff if they voted ‘yes’ and then entered into same-sex weddings.
Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart said marriage is between a man and woman.
He said: ‘I would be very emphatic that our schools, our parishes exist to teach a Catholic view of marriage.
‘Our teachers, our parish employees are expected totally to uphold the Catholic faith and what we believe about marriage.
‘People have to see in words and in example that our teaching of marriage is underlined,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Archbishop Hart also warned: ‘We shouldn’t be slipping on that.’
The poll also found 78% of non-religious people are in favor of same-sex marriage in Australia.