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Poll shows 78% of Australians support marriage equality

Poll shows 78% of Australians support marriage equality

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A new poll has shown that 78% of Australians are in favor of equal marriage laws for same-sex couples.

The Galaxy Research poll also found 66% of those people had already voted yes in Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) commissioned the poll only days before the deadline to vote closes.

‘This poll couldn’t be clearer, Australians want marriage equality and we want it without any of the caveats and exemptions that will further entrench discrimination against same-sex couples,’ said PFLAG national spokesperson, Shelley Argent.

‘If and when the Yes crosses the line first, the No case should not be given the trophy of being able to write the legislation.

‘Australians have voted Yes for full equality.’

Conservative politicians have flagged up to 100 amendments to marriage equality legislation. The amendments could allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples, fired from their jobs, or not recognized as married.

There’s still time to vote

Long-time marriage equality campaigner, Rodney Croome, welcomed the results but warned they shouldn’t be cause for complacency.

‘I’m concerned that 25 to 34 year olds have been less likely to return their ballots, given they are more likely to support marriage equality,’ he said.

‘It’s vital that the Yes campaign do all it can to encourage young Australians to return their ballots in the last few days of the postal survey.’

Australians have until 7 November to return their survey forms or vote online or via phone if they are overseas.

The survey results will be released at 10am on 15 November.

Summary of Galaxy poll findings:

  • 66% of Australians who have voted, have voted Yes
  • 34% have voted No
  • 68% of Australians with young children have voted Yes
  • 78% want same-sex couples treated the same under the law as other couples
  • 98% of Yes voters want same-sex couples treated the same
  • 43% of No voters want same-sex couples treated the same
  • 7% of voters have not yet voted as of 31 October
  • 12% of 25 to 34 year olds had not yet voted