A new poll reveals a majority of Australian Christians support same-sex marriage and think parliamentarians should vote on the matter as soon as possible.
According to the Galaxy Research poll which questioned 1000 people on the issue, 54 per cent of Australian Christians support marriage equality while only 49 per cent do not want any amendments to the law that will allow civil celebrants to refuse their services to same-sex couples on the basis of “conscientious belief.”
Christian Millenials surveyed opposed it by 56 per cent, 31 per cent of those surveyed supported the proposed move.
Commissioned by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a non-profit organisation, the poll also found 61 percent do not like having conservative religious groups presenting their views on same-sex marriage as though they are speaking for all Christians in the country.
According to The Guardian, the survey was conducted via an online permission-based panel from July 6 to 10. There were 1,000 respondents aged 18 years and older whose religion was Catholic, Anglican or other Christian. It was carried out roughly two weeks after Christopher Pyne, the minister for defence industry, triggered enormous anger across the Liberal party when he boasted that the move to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia might be hastened.
His comment was recorded and leaked to the media.
Free Vote On Same-Sex Marriage
National spokesperson Shelley Argent said the poll proved there was strong support amongst Christians for the changes to same-sex marriage.
“With Australian Christians so conclusively behind marriage equality, it’s time for politicians to have a free vote and get this done,” she said. “Changes to the Marriage Act have always been made through the parliamentary process and should remain so.” Argent went on to say that politicians should “stop paying so much attention to conservative Christian advocacy organizations which a majority of Christians feel don’t represent them.”
Rev. Peter Catt, the spokesperson for Progressive Christian Voice and Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, said he is pleased to see Australian Christians holding firm to the belief of treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
“This poll proves that Australian Christians believe everyone should be treated equally and fairly without discrimination,” he said.
Legislation on marriage equality is expected to be introduced when Parliament resumes next month.