Will it be a Yes or a No?

Re­sults from con­tro­ver­sial same-sex mar­riage sur­vey re­leased today

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - Jas­mine Min­has jas­mine.min­has@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

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.

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