The results of a new Galaxy poll on marriage equality have just been released, showing the Australian public’s higher-than-ever support for changing the Marriage Act to include same sex couples.
Key findings of the latest poll are:
– Support for marriage equality is at its highest level ever – 64%.
– Support amongst Coalition voters is at its highest level ever – 52%.
– 1.3 million voters would be more likely to vote for the Coalition if its leader Tony Abbott allowed a conscience vote.
– 61% of married people support same-sex marriage.
– Support is strong across all states.
Australian Marriage Equality campaigner Alex Greenwich welcomes the new poll result, and believes support for the popular and inclusive cause will only continue to grow.
“Support for marriage equality has risen to its highest point ever because Australians are increasingly realising that marriage equality will strengthen relationships, families and marriage,” he says.
One Saturday, Tasmania’s Premier Lara Giddings announced that her state will become the first to allow same-sex marriages if the federal parliament fails to act.
“The message to the Federal Parliament is clear,” says Greenwich. “If you ignore the aspirations of the majority of Australians and fail to support this reform it will occur anyway, state by state and territory by territory.”
FIRST LOOK: A NEW TV AD
Tonight marriage equality advocates have unveiled a brand new ad campaign sending the message that “marriage is about family, everyone’s family.”
The advertisement features Ivan Hinton his partner Chris with their extended families.
Hinton says his motivation behind doing the ad was to show that his family was just like everyone else’s.
“Marriage is a unique way to strengthen family bonds and to bring two families together,” he explains, “and I don’t understand why some people want to deny this to me, my husband and our families.”
“I love my family, I love my husband and I want our families to be treated the same as other families.”
Watch the new marriage equality advertisement below.