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Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a new poll showing almost 60% of Australians believe marriage equality is a medium to high priority.

The poll, conducted for anti-marriage equality group, the Marriage Alliance, found that marriage equality is, on average, the 13th most important issue for Australians, about the same level of priority given to agriculture, taxation and asylum seekers.

59% of poll respondents said marriage equality is a priority, made up of 24% who said marriage equality it is a high priority and 35% said it is a medium priority. Only 39% said it is low a priority.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“If the intention of the Marriage Alliance was to show marriage equality doesn’t matter to Australians, this poll has backfired on them.”

“The poll shows marriage equality is important to a majority of Australians and sends a clear message to the Government that it should act soon.”

“We would welcome marriage equality receiving as much attention from the Government as agriculture, tax or asylum seekers.”

Mr Croome said he is awaiting confirmation of when the Coalition party room will fully debate a free vote on the issue.

For a news report on the poll, click here.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/same-sex-marriage-voters-in-no-rush/story-fn59niix-1227477892963

For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.

Author: Rodney Croome
Publication: AME Media Release
Date: 11 August 2015