53% of Australian Christians support same-sex marriage.
This is the finding of a Galaxy Research poll which asked 1060 Australians whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
The survey also asked about religious affiliation. It found that support for same-sex marriage is:
- 53% among Christians (with 41% opposed)
- 62% among members of other religions (with 30% opposed), and
- 67% among people with no religion (with 24% opposed).
The survey found overall support for allowing same-sex marriages remains steady at 60%, which is statistically identical to the figure found by a Galaxy poll in October last year (taking into account the ±2% margin of error).
However, the poll shows a marked shift in how strongly views on the issue are held. Since October last year, 5% of supporters of equality have shifted from agree to strongly agree, with a similar shift among opponents of reform from strongly disagree to disagree.
For the full poll results, click here.
Christians 4 Equality
In response to majority support from Australia’s Christians, Australian Marriage Equality has launched a new webform which allows Christians who support equality to write to the local federal representatives.
Clearly, those Christian lobby groups which claim that their anti-equality stance is representative of all Australian Christians are mistaken. They only represent a minority of Christians.
This makes it vital that the Government hears from the majority of Australian Christians who support marriage equality.
Christians 4 Equality has been endorsed by a wide range of clergy and lay people from Anglican, Uniting Church, Catholic and Baptist backgrounds. Their statements can be found on the Christians 4 Equality website. A selection of these are posted below.
Christians speak out: “Why we support equality”
A number of Christian leaders have explained why they, as Christians, support marriage equality.
To read AME’s fact sheet, Marriage equality and religion, click here.
For a fact sheet summarising the results of a Galaxy poll from earlier this year, click here. For the full results of the 2010 Galaxy poll, click here. For all information of all Galaxy poll results, click here.