“Overwhelming support for same-sex marriage reminds us that Australians understand equality before the law extends to marriage for same-sex couples,” said Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.
Mr Wilson’s comments follow today’s release of a Cosby/Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality. The poll shows almost three-quarters of Australians (72%) now support changes to marriage laws to include same-sex couples.
“Human rights are not up for vote, they are sacrosanct principles about the rights of individuals and this poll clearly shows Australians understand that,” Commissioner Wilson said.
“All Australians should be equal in the eyes of the government and should be afforded civil marriage without state-sanctioned discrimination. Why should the government decide who can marry?
“The Federal Parliament’s 2008 amendments to Commonwealth legislation removed discrimination against same sex couples, yet state-sanctioned discrimination lingers through marriage laws”.
“The role of the government is to respect loving couples, not tell loving couples what they can do”.
The nation-wide Crosby/Textor poll of 1,000 people was conducted in June 2014. It found that a majority of respondents identifying with major religions supported marriage equality, including Catholics, Anglicans and non-Christian religions.
The poll found a majority of older Australians (aged 55 years or over) supported marriage equality. It also found a majority of respondents in all states and regions across Australia, including regional Queensland, supported marriage equality.
Read the Australian Human Rights Commission’s position paper on marriage equality.