Essential Report

Same-sex marriage legislation

Nov 20, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose the same-sex marriage legislation including each of the following –

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Allow ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings if they believe in the traditional definition of marriage 63% 27%   32% 31% 13% 14% 10%
Allow service providers to refuse to supply services to same-sex weddings (e.g. venue hire, wedding cakes) 43% 48%   23% 20% 22% 26% 9%
Allow people who believe they have been victimised on the basis of their marriage beliefs be able to seek court orders, injunctions and damages for loss suffered 41% 41%   17% 24% 20% 21% 19%
Allow parents to have their children removed from classes which don’t reflect their views on marriage 42% 44%   22% 20% 22% 22% 15%

 

A solid majority (63%) support allowing ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings.

However, they were fairly evenly split on the other three issues.

Men were somewhat more likely to support these measures than women. On allowing service providers to refuse to supply services, men were 49% support/42% oppose while women were 37% support/53% oppose.

 

 

Total support Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Allow ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings if they believe in the traditional definition of marriage 63%   56% 74% 53% 75%
Allow service providers to refuse to supply services to same-sex weddings (e.g. venue hire, wedding cakes) 43%   36% 54% 21% 50%
Allow people who believe they have been victimised on the basis of their marriage beliefs be able to seek court orders, injunctions and damages for loss suffered 41%   46% 40% 53% 33%
Allow parents to have their children removed from classes which don’t reflect their views on marriage 42%   33% 52% 24% 55%

 

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