Experiences of the marriage equality postal survey and views on religious exemptions: A report on a nation-wide study
A large-scale survey of LGBTI Australians has rejected exemptions similar to those in the Dean Smith marriage bill that allow discrimination in the name of religion.
The study found a slim majority of LGBTI people would rather wait than accept a compromised bill prompting advocates to call for the Smith Bill exemptions to be tightened and for there to be a no detriment clause for LGBTI people.
SURVEY SHOWS LGBTIQ AUSTRALIANS ARE OVERWHELMING OPPOSED TO A POSTAL VOTE
LGBTI Australians strongly oppose a postal vote on marriage equality.
That's the finding of a new survey of the LGBTI community.
The survey of 5,261 LGBTI Australians across all demographics was commissioned by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and just.equal, and conducted by social science researcher, Dr Sharon Dane.
It found almost 80% opposition to a postal vote which increased to almost 90% when respondents were informed it would be a voluntary vote that won't be binding on MPs.
The survey also asked respondents their preferred response to a postal vote, with 56.5% saying they oppose it but are also prepared to win it if it is held. Only 15% said they prefer to boycott the vote.
Equal Means Equal - almost 90% of LGBTIQ Australians oppose being subject to new forms of targeted anti-LGBTIQ discrimination
The current proposal to amend the Marriage Act includes provisions that would broaden anti-discrimination exemptions that would allow new ways to specifically discriminate against LGBTIQ Australians.
We asked the nations LGBTIQ community what they thought of these changes.
Unsurprisingly, almost 90% of the 6,352 LGBTIQ adult Australian respondents were strongly opposed to any proposal to make it legal for individuals and organisations to refuse their services to same-sex couples, based on personal conscience or religious belief when participants were informed the refusal of services would apply to only same-sex couples. Read the full report here.
A survey of 5,500 LGBTIQ people in late July, perhaps the biggest poll of its kind on this issue, voiced their opposition to a plebiscite for equal marriage. The survey included men and women of all ages, and in every state and territory of Australia.