MAKING VOTES COUNT
About 75% of Australians said they would vote for marriage equality.
— Joel Richters, Rainbow Labor Qld
SAME-sex marriage postal surveys are due to hit our mailboxes any day now and advocates on both sides of the debate have urged Australians to make their votes count.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says all ballots for the $122 million process should be received by Monday, September 25.
Anything But Straight, a non-profit community group established to help overcome the social and emotional isolation experienced by LGBTI people in the Maranoa, hosted a forum on Wednesday night to discuss marriage equality.
Anything But Straight director Mitch Greig said the forum was to encourage marriage equality supporters not to abstain from the voting process.
“I believe that people are able to support the change to the legislation regardless of whether they agree with it or not,” he said.
“If they think it’s the right thing to do, but don’t necessarily agree with it, I think that’s a really important message to get across.”
Mr Greig said the forum was an important opportunity for local community members to ask questions, hear from service providers and find out what you can to do support the local campaign.
The question on the ballot paper will read, ‘Do you support a change in the law to allow same sex marriage?’ and Trent Sellars said the wording of the question was explicit and important.
“It’s not asking the population of Australia if it’s morally right or ethical for gay people to get married, it’s asking whether or not people support a change in the law.”
Rainbow Labor Qld secretary Joel Richters said opinion polls showed the overwhelming majority of Australians wanted marriage equality.
“According to the latest Galaxy opinion poll, about 75% of Australia said they would vote for marriage equality.”
Mr Richters said supporters of marriage equality were campaigning hard for a strong yes vote.
“The debate is having a detrimental effect on the mental health of some members of the LGBTI community.
“The job of the Yes Campaign is aimed at getting through this process as humanely as possible,” Mr Richters said.
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NATIONAL POLL: Marriage equality supporters gathered for a forum to discuss the postal survey on Wednesday night.