‘Yes’ to gay marriage

September 15, 2017

GV Pride secretary Damien Stevens urges supporters of marriage equality to ensure they participate in the survey when it arrives in the mail.

Opinion polls have predicted the majority of Australians are in favour of a change in marriage laws, but closer to home views are more evenly split.

As the Australian Bureau of Statistics sends out millions of voting forms on the same-sex marriage survey, people across the Murray electorate will soon get the chance to have their say.

According to data from ABC’s Vote Compass, 55 per cent of people in the electorate of Murray support same-sex marriage. The data was collected during a wide-ranging web survey on political issues during last year’s federal election.

Across Australia urban inner-city electorates tended to be more in favour, while regional electorates were more opposed.

The electorate of Sydney recorded the highest support for same-sex marriage at 79 per cent, while rural Maranoa recorded the lowest with just 42 per cent in support.

GV Pride secretary Damien Stevens said the local data showed that supporters of marriage equality should not take a ‘‘yes’’ victory for granted. ‘‘When the survey arrives, vote for love, don’t just leave the letter sitting on the kitchen bench,’’ Mr Stevens said.

With debate heating up over the survey, the Federal Government and Labor have agreed on temporary laws to protect against hate speech.

Voters will have until Friday, October 27, to mail off their survey ballot to ensure it is received by the ABS for the November 7 cut-off.

Results will be published on the ABS website on November 15.

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