Marriage support grows in Australia

Posted by Andie Noonan on

"Calls for a conscience vote on the Greens’ marriage equality bill have intensified following the release of a new poll showing four in five Australians believe the issue should be voted on outside party lines.

"The Galaxy poll of 1050 Australians showed 62 percent support the freedom to marry, up 2 percent from Galaxy’s 2009 survey.

"Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the results prove the issue of marriage for same-sex couples needs to be resolved.

“'Public support is on the increase, not going down, and the 80 per cent of Australians aged 18-24 who support marriage equality shows that this issue is not going away,' she said.

“'... [Prime Minister] Julia Gillard and [Opposition Leader] Tony Abbott need to allow their representatives to speak and vote honestly, and if they don’t show that leadership then we need pressure from inside and outside Parliament to make it happen.'”

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