Australian Christians back gay marriage

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Most Australian Christians believe that gay marriage should be legal in their country and want their politicians to act quickly on the matter.

In a recent poll of 1,000 Christians across Australia 54 per cent said they supported the introduction of marriage equality. A little under half – 49 per cent – also said that civil celebrants should not legally be allowed to deny service to gay couples based on their personal objections. Almost two thirds – 61 per cent – of those surveyed took exception to arguments made by conservative religious groups being seen as if they were shared by all of the country’s Christians.

More than three quarters – 77 per cent – think their members of Parliament should be free to vote on the issue and should do so as soon as possible. Support for this idea is even stronger among Christians between 18 and 34 years old, with 86 per cent backing a free vote in Parliament.

The poll was conducted by advocacy organisation Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The group surveyed adults who identified themselves as Catholics, Anglicans or other Christians online over four days earlier this month.

PFLAG national spokesperson Shelley Argent said the findings were a sign that the government should “have a free vote [on marriage equality] and get this done”. Australian MPs and Senators need to “stop paying so much attention to conservative Christian advocacy organisations which a majority of Christians feel don’t represent them” she added.

The results of this survey were also welcomed by the Very Reverend Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. He said he was “pleased to see Australian Christians holding firm to Christ’s injunction to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves”.

Back in May, local officials the Australian city of Darebin raised the LGBT pride flag above their city hall and announced it would stay there until the country’s lawmakers enact marriage equality.

Photo by abcdz2000 via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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