Will it be a Yes or a No?
Results from controversial same-sex marriage survey released today
IT’S the controversial topic that’s been making national headlines for the past few months, and it has all culminated to today’s definitive moment where the results of the same-sex marriage survey are broadcast around the nation.
Polls have shown the number of those for and those against same-sex marriage are almost neck and neck. In September, a poll found only just over half the population of the Cowper electorate, 55%, supports same-sex marriage.
The Coffs Coast Advocate recently conducted its own poll asking readers what they think the outcome of the survey will be, with 65% saying it will be a ‘Yes’ and 34% believing it will be a ‘No’.
The head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Statistician David W Kalisch, will release the official results from the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at 10am today, and it will be broadcast live online and on major television networks.
Detailed results will then be published on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey website.
ReachOut Australia this week came forward saying it has been forced to divert resources from other services to manage the 40% increase in young homosexual people seeking help since the survey was first announced.
There was an increase in gay youth in Coffs Harbour seeking help after the survey was announced, according to LGBTIQ Coffs Connection & Community Group’s Tod Trappett.
“They’re coming in feeling very stressed and depressed with what’s going on and what’s being said against them, it is very concerning,” he said.
The ‘Yes’ campaign recently criticised a new bill which would allow businesses to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings, including celebrants.
Meanwhile, around 60 of Coffs Harbour’s ‘No’ voters attended a talk with Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton earlier this month.
During his visit, Mr Shelton claimed countries that have legalised same-sex marriage are showing “chronological snobbery”.
“There’s only about 20 or so out of 200 that have redefined marriage.
“It’s only a few Western countries that have decided they’re better than the millennia of human history and anthropology, so they redefined marriage,” he said.
Despite the heated debate, if it’s a ‘Yes’ result today, the Federal Government says it will introduce a private members’ bill by the end of the year.