AUSTRALIA: Marriage Poll By Anti-Gay Group Backfires

The anti-gay nutters at Marriage Alliance probably aren’t too happy about their poll. From the good guys:

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a new poll showing almost 60% of Australians believe marriage equality is a medium to high priority. The poll, conducted for anti-marriage equality group, the Marriage Alliance, found that marriage equality is, on average, the 13th most important issue for Australians, about the same level of priority given to agriculture, taxation and asylum seekers. 59% of poll respondents said marriage equality is a priority, made up of 24% who said marriage equality it is a high priority and 35% said it is a medium priority. Only 39% said it is low a priority. Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, “If the intention of the Marriage Alliance was to show marriage equality doesn’t matter to Australians, this poll has backfired on them. The poll shows marriage equality is important to a majority of Australians and sends a clear message to the Government that it should act soon. We would welcome marriage equality receiving as much attention from the Government as agriculture, tax or asylum seekers.” Mr Croome said he is awaiting confirmation of when the Coalition party room will fully debate a free vote on the issue.


  • Gigi


  • oikos

    Here you go Brian Brownstain, if only your donors would pony up enough money, you could to Australia on v̶a̶c̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ to fight for “traditional marriage™.”

  • BudClark

    Tie me mate down, mate!

  • Sam_Handwich
    • DaddyRay

      Mr Roo

      • Mark

        I lived in the hinterland in Queensland a number of years. The dom buck ‘roo that wondered through our property was huge! We named him Bluto – –

        • DaddyRay

          Do they go to the gym

          • Bad Tom

            Looks like.

      • People4Humanity

        … plus, they fight dirty.

  • Todd20036

    I wonder if America coming around to the side of equality moved a lot of people. Maybe they thought, “If AMERICA can do this, then surely we can.”

    • Ed Burrow

      that was/is undoubtedly part of it. i’m sure ireland helped too..

      • Harlan92

        NZ was probably the bigger impetus – the country most similar to us socially and culturally, plus it was supported by a conservative PM.

        • Robert W. Pierce

          We too in the UK had a conservative PM pushing it through in 2013. It was all over the media in Australia shortly after NZ passed its own.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I agree with you there about NZ.
          Plus I do think Ireland was a watershed moment.
          A Public Vote, overwhelming support.

    • Mark

      I thought they were a lot more progressive…but seems they’re about the same as the US – albeit with a sexier accent!

      • Reality.Bites

        This is just the number who think it’s a priority, not the number who are in favour, which I believe is around 70%

      • GayEGO

        When I was there I just loved the accent at a gay bar when I heard someone order a rum and coke which sounded like “room and cock” please! :>)

    • JT

      A poll last year put the support much higher.

      Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience
      vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a
      survey by the Liberal Party’s own pollster.

      A Crosby Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, has found that 72 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77 per cent think Coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.

      • Friday

        I think the idea is the anti-LGBT lobby were trying to say, “Yeah, maybe seventy percent favor equality, but give us our way over them anyway cause they don’t really care.”

    • StraightGrandmother

      I don’t know if it helped, but if the Supreme Court would have ruled the other way it sure as Hell would have hurt.

    • Kissmagrits

      We joined the Pacific colonies in defeating the Japanese in WW II. And since then, Australia, New Zealand and the United States have pretty much been joined at the hip – similar in more ways than different. And now comes Ireland scooping sand in the Vatican’s gear box.

      Another thing: The church no longer has us by the short and curlies like it once did. The colonies have all been moving in the direction of secularism which makes me feel like a pioneer – I’m celebrating my 58th year of freedom from the angry Christianist God this month.

      • Happy Freedom Day!!

    • JoeNCA

      They certainly can’t be more backwards than all those puritans across the pond.

  • Joe in PA

    note to self…must conduct all polls in church….

    • Bad Tom

      And ask NOM about how to cook poll numbers.

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say, as long as Abbott is in power, polls will mean squat, he won’t allow a vote, period.

    • Craig Howell

      You are only too correct. The AP is reporting today that there will be no free vote on this, thanks to Abbott’s obstinacy. Hope he and his party get the comeuppance they deserve from the voters.

      • Ninja0980

        Let’s hope what happened to Minnesota Republicans in 2012 will happen to these bigots.

  • jmax

    And once again, the facts make the haters look like fools.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Yeah right? LOLZ

    • JoeNCA

      Truth has a well known liberal bias.

  • SFHarry

    I am a little confused by this article. When they ask if marriage equality is an important issue do they mean those voting yes want marriage equality or do they mean to those voting yes that the issue in general is important whether you want equality or not?

  • KnownDonorDad

    They’ll be…facing their Waterloo. (Side note: how have Rachel Griffiths and John Cameron Mitchell never been cast as sister and brother in anything?)

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  • TampaZeke

    It’s funny how, when anti-marriage equality people have the support of the majority it’s the MOST important issue EVER in the history of mankind. Then when the majority swings to support marriage equality then the anti-gay people start pushing the idea that it’s not worthy of talking about or thinking about anymore.

    • David L. Caster

      Just like their “let the people vote” meme was pushed until the majority turned against them. The antigay industry is notoriously dissembling, in addition to its usual hypocrisy and dishonesty. It knows it cannot win, but continues the facade so that the few it feeds from its ill-gotten gains won’t have to face the facts of their rapidly deteriorating position and eventual political if not fiscal destitution.

  • Hopefully the reality that this is a high priority will clue the politicians down there into the reality that they need to act on this and bring it to a vote. If not toss them out and replace them with those who will support this and who will bring it up for a vote.

  • Guest

    If only Australia and Germany could catch up to the rest of the modern world in terms of marriage equality.

  • IamM

    OT: If thirteenth-ish is about the same as agriculture, taxes, and their high profile problematic handling of asylum seekers, what do they consider their top ten issues?