Same-sex marriage support

Fri August 10, 2012 6:16pm

THE majority of Tasmanians support same sex marriage, a new poll has found.

THE majority of Tasmanians support same-sex marriage and agree the state should legislate without waiting for national laws, a new poll has found. The EMRS poll revealed that 61 per cent of respondents agreed that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, with 31 per cent disagreeing and 8 per cent unsure. Support was strongest among younger age groups -- with 95 per cent of those aged 18-24 in favour of the reform, with minority support only in age groups over 55 years. Replay our live blog with Rodney Croome on same-sex marriageThose in the state's south were more likely to be in favour of same-sex marriage, as were Green and Labor party voters. The poll also found that 54 per cent of respondents believed the state should enact its own laws allowing same-sex couples to marry. Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome said the results were a vindication of Premier Lara Gidding's decision to move ahead on marriage equality. "Tasmanians can see that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this landmark reform," he said. "High youth support for Tasmania leading the way on marriage equality shows that this reform will be a defining moment for an entire generation of Tasmanians", Mr Croome said. "What this poll shows is that Labor's support for marriage equality will help them attract the undecided voters they need to stay in power. "By the same token, one of the best ways for the Liberals to attract the undecided voters they need to win government is to soften their hard line against reform and grant a conscience vote. "This is consistent with a national Galaxy poll released on Monday which shows that there is a net gain of voters for the federal Liberal Party if it allows a conscience vote on marriage equality." Premier Lara Giddings will tomorrow address a rally in Hobart in support of same-sex marriage. The poll of 1000 Tasmanians was commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality and was conducted between August 3 and 6, before the Premier announced at last weekend's Labor party state conference that the Government would legislate in favour of same-sex marriage before the end of this year. killick@news.net.au

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