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Aus: Second poll backs powerful support

Wed 16 Jul 2014 In: International News

Carly and Tresne from My Kitchen Rules are among the Australian couples to marry in New Zealand. A second poll has come out in Australia showing overwhelming public support for marriage equality. The Newspoll registers 68 per cent support for same-sex marriage across the Tasman. It backs up a Crosby/Textor poll, released yesterday, showing 72 per cent support. Both results are up from a previous high of 64 per cent, found by research company Galaxy. Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome says the latest result confirms what campaigners already knew. “The community debate on marriage equality is over and it's time for politicians to act." Croome is calling on MPs to work together across party boundaries “to achieve a reform the Australian people are firmly behind in ever greater numbers”. The group’s deputy director Ivan Hinton says “a great majority of Australians have opened their hearts to the issue of marriage equality, realising it will bring benefits to many families around the country and causes no harm to no one”.Meanwhile, same-sex Australian couples continue to travel to New Zealand to marry. The most high-profile recent nuptials have been between My Kitchen Rules pair Carly and Tresne Hart, who say it's "unbelievably shitty" they can’t get officially married in their own country.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 16th July 2014 - 9:02am

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