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Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia

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  1. jamestoronto 25 Nov 2011, 12:39pm

    If marriage equality has such a low priority why would any party be afraid of losing seats over this issue. This weird tweaking of the figures is something to be expected of anti-gay groups such as this.

  2. Same sex marriage won’t affect most Australians in any way so why would it be a priority?
    As there is so little interest it is all the more reason to bring in same sex marriage for those who will benefit from it, those who are against same sex marriage have never managed to successfully demonstrated that they will suffer any personal hurt at all by the introduction of same sex marriage, they just want to deny marriage to same sex couples because they wish the law to show it’s disapproval.

    1. Spanner1960 28 Nov 2011, 1:47pm

      Sounds actually quite sensible.
      I guess for many gays it IS a big deal, but to the majority of the population, it really doesn’t matter either way, and seeing as Australians are not so gullible as Americans when it comes to religion and moral attitudes, I can totally see why have no problems with gay people, and ultimately don’t really mind either way.

      I suspect these religious groups might gone and shot themselves in the foot with this one.

  3. Of course it’s not a priority seeing as most people are straight and therefore not affected by marriage equality in any way.

    The best policy is to let the bigotted moron of a PM Julia Gillard (the unmarried atheist who lives with her boyfriend and who opposes equality to keep the christian lunatics happy) that she will lose ALL the LGBT vote unless she pulls her finger out, and starts supporting equality for all Australians.

    1. jamestoronto 25 Nov 2011, 1:56pm

      Not voluntarily. She has painted herself into such a tight corner over equal marriage that she is probably hoping that the Labor party overwhelmingly endorses it as policy. That way she can save face and say she was compelled to make it government policy and drop the free vote nonsense and whip the Labor members into voting for a government bill.

  4. Daniel Marshall 25 Nov 2011, 3:19pm

    This is exactly why the gay community needs to start acting in Britain, ahead of the Westminster gay marriage talks in 2012.

    For more on using gay theatre as a means for social and political change, head over to

  5. Lord Botley 25 Nov 2011, 3:50pm

    Would someone explain to me what the hell marriage has to do with nature or biological design?
    And why low priority among the voters is a reason for not acting?
    These people are getting desperate.

  6. Jock S. Trap 25 Nov 2011, 4:28pm

    This is of course from asking people who already have such rights so don’t have to fight for them for themselves.

    Yes, I’m pretty sure when you already have the right to choose to marry anybody elses right to becomes less important, it isn’t them after all.

    Why do these kinds of people ask these questions to those it doesn’t affect? It’s nonsense and a real waste of resources.

    As for this pathetic group, I guess you can get a poll on anything you want providing you ask the right people and word the right questions but ask yourself.. If you have to go to so much trouble to words the questions to the right people what makes it right?

  7. This is a beautifully done new ad for marriage equality from Australia.

    I wish we had something even halfway this good here in the US.

    1. Robin Evans 25 Nov 2011, 8:18pm

      it wont help us tho…. the political people here are insanely against us and they don’t care who get discriminated against as long as they hold on to the power…

    2. jamestoronto 27 Nov 2011, 10:23am

      Great Ad Australia. Your time will come and it won’t be that far off.

      Till the Ten become Twenty

  8. didn’t Stonewall use that kind of argument once ie gay marriage was a low priority among their members and the British gay community. It doesn’t help when some gay orgs are playing down the issue as a low prioity and not as far as I can see doing much to promote and publicise it…(I’m not talking about Australia here)..

    as for low priorty, yes it probably is. It also doesn’t involve any big changes, doesn’t cost the country anything etc . So whybother with the debate, just do it! The only people debating it are the church.

  9. The report makes a big thing about people being against same-sex marriage and ready to change their political party support because of it. But if you read the document (it’s not bad) the margin of error for all questions is +-3%. For the stats nerds out there, it means that the 2.2% swing predicted is statistically equal to zero!

    So just do it already!!

  10. Mainstream polls Essential and Newspoll, the latter being News Limited part of News Corporation phone hacking scandal and no particular gay agenda to them have shown 60% support in the Australian population for Marriage Equality.
    This poll is dubious at best.

    Now even this will change thanks to this from GetUP! Australia.

  11. Having realised that they have no cogent argument against gay marriage, the churches and conservatives’ latest trick is to argue that the issue is of very low priorty and so should be ignored. I seem to recall a similar argument when AIDS first appeared. `It only affects gays so we won’t do anything’.

  12. Funny for something, ( according to the Catholics etc) that will cause the destruction of society and armageddon to be so low on the priority list. Funny it’s the number one priority for the church to stop gay marriage and to continue persecuting gays and yet for the rest of society it’s not. Perhaps they need to look at this polling and start getting their Christians priorities right!

  13. Equal and Civil Rights for LGBT people is never a “low priority” issue. Fight for your rights mates and win your freedom to marry the same as anybody else.

  14. Why does Pink News accept that angle in it’s reporting? Pink News should higlight that more people than not support gay marriage in Australia! You shouldn’t run arrends for those bigots by accepting their angle to the story!

  15. It seems that the country that holds the biggest gay Mardi Gras still does not allow same sex marriage. People should be boycotting the event in February to who the Australian Government how powerful a force the gay community can be. Sydney would lose millions of dollars in from the extra tourists in brings in. And from what I hear, Oxford Street in Sydney really does need it too.

  16. It might be a low priority to those of you have already have equality. I am not one of those people.

  17. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 10:46am

    It always is a low priorty to those who have it and don’t have to fight for it.

    It’s called be selfish and bigotted.

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