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Survey shows two-third of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised by end of 2016

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A new poll shows that majority of Australians voters want marriage equality to be legislated by the Australian parliament by end of this year.

Commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME) and Australians for Equality (A4E), ReachTEL surveyed 2,740 residents across Australian households on Thursday.

Two-thirds (66%) of those who responded to the question, How important is it that the parliament resolve the matter and legislate for marriage equality this year?  said that the issue is ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’ to them.

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‘Australians are ready to celebrate marriage equality and want our politicians to legislate this year,’ said Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair of AME.

He added, ‘A majority of voters across all parties, and undecided voters, feel it’s important this reform is achieved without delay. This survey reveals that the Australian people support marriage equality and simply want parliament to do its job so we can all move forward.’

Greenwich explained that whether the plebiscite gets blocked, ‘urgent action is required from our supporters across the political divide to deliver this reform by a parliamentary vote without further delay.’

Tiernan Brady, Executive Director of A4E, remarked: ‘Around the world we know once equality is embraced it is celebrated, and everyone moves forward. Once it happens it ceases to be a political issue because everyone just moves on.’

Brady also brought up other countries as examples.

‘In Ireland, no one stood at the recent election on the platform of repealing same sex marriage,’ he said. ‘Just as Ireland, the USA, NZ, and the UK have put the unnecessarily divisive debate behind them, the Australian parliament has in its power to do this by the end of the year.’

Besides corporations such as Apple pushing for legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, celebrities such as Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie have also voiced their strong support.

Kylie Minogue has even announced that she will not get married to her boyfriend, English actor Joshua Sasse, until all lovers in Australia, straight or gay, have the right to marry.

 

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