Two thirds of Australian Catholics say gay marriage should be legal, despite church leaders demanding they vote no. Catholics were the most likely people of faith to indicate they would vote yes in the upcoming postal vote, along with non-Christian religions, a new poll found. The poll commissioned by the Equity Campaign found 66 per cent of the 1, respondents planned to vote yes, including 58 per cent of religious people. Two thirds of Australian Catholics say gay marriage should be legal in new poll. Anglicans and Uniting Church were more reticent with 59 per cent in favour, while 79 per cent of those with no religion signalled their support, according to Fairfax.
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Ahead of the postal survey on same-sex marriage, much is being written about the relative chances of a Yes or No outcome, and the strategies both sides need to influence public opinion. However, the bulk of the public debate seems to be based on intuitive or speculative perceptions of the traits of people who are likely to oppose or support same-sex marriage, or on anecdotal evidence. We used data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey HILDA to assess trends in the degree of support for same-sex marriage, and to ascertain the characteristics of those Australians who do, or don't, support it. In , , and , the HILDA Survey asked its national panel to rate their degree of agreement with the statement "Homosexual couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples do" on a scale from one strongly disagree to seven strongly agree. The drawbacks are that they are relatively old July February , and do not collect information about views on same-sex marriage specifically. We find a pronounced trend between and in the degree to which Australians agree with the notion of same-sex couples having the same rights as different-sex couples. As seen below, the percentage of people who "strongly agree" the highest point in the scale rose from
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December Legislation to allow same-sex marriage , the Marriage Amendment Definition and Religious Freedoms Act , passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages.
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