Australians believe same-sex marriage will happen: poll

10:58, June 08, 2011      

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A new poll on Wednesday showed majority of Australians think it is only a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legalized.

The Galaxy telephone poll of 1,000 people was conducted at the end of May, and it found that around 75 percent of respondents agreed it was inevitable that Australian laws would be changed to allow same-sex marriage.

National polls have also consistently shown about 60 percent support for amending the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriages.

Lobby group Australian Marriage Equality used the poll, which it commissioned, to call for gay marriage to be legalized.

"The tide of history is running towards equality and nothing can turn it back," Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Our plea to the nation's leaders is to get on with this reform instead of unnecessarily prolonging a debate."

Meanwhile, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays spokeswoman Shelley Argent also welcomed the new poll, saying that Australia is ready for equality for our gay and lesbian children, and it is now time for political leaders to act.

Earlier, Prime Minister Julia Gillard reaffirmed her opposition to gay marriage, saying her stance was due to her conservative upbringing.

"I think that there are some important things from our past that need to continue to be part of our present and part of our future," she said in March.

"If I was in a different walk of life, if I'd continued in the law and was partner of a law firm now, I would express the same view, that I think for our culture, for our heritage, the Marriage Act and marriage being between a man and a woman has a special status."

Federal Labor will discuss its position on gay marriage at the Australia Labor Party national conference in December.

Source: Xinhua
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