Tuesday June 20th 2017
A DECADE ON FROM FIRST POLL SHOWING MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY ADVOCATES CALL FOR FREE VOTE
It was ten years ago tomorrow that the first poll showed majority support for marriage equality in Australia and equality advocates are using the anniversary to call on the Government to drop its plebiscite policy and have a free vote instead.
Just.equal spokesperson and long-time marriage equality advocate, Rodney Croome, said,
"On June 21st 2007 a Fairfax poll showed 57% support for marriage equality, the first time a poll had returned majority backing for the reform in Australia."
"Every single one of the scores of polls conducted over the last decade has confirmed the result of that 2007 poll - a majority of Australians back marriage equality - with some polls showing support as high as 72%."
"With majority support for marriage equality so clear and so unshakable, it's absurd for the Government to stick to its policy of an expensive and divisive plebiscite."
"This issue could be resolved tomorrow with a cross-party free vote in Parliament."
"We know what Australians think, so let's get on with it."