It pretty much blows the suggestion that the majority of this country are against it out of the water since this is the second poll with around 60% support. I guess we're not as hateful as some people wish for us to be.Survey finds growing support for gay unions
Sixty per cent of Australians support same-sex marriage, according to a Galaxy poll commissioned by the Australian Marriage Equality group.
A 2004 poll found only 38 per cent of Australians supported gay marriage, but support had grown to 57per cent by 2007.
The survey of 1100 people found 84 per cent of Greens voters supported gay marriage, 64 per cent of Labor voters were in favour, and 50 per cent of Coalition voters supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
About seven out of 10 women supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, while just over five in 10 men supported a change in the law.
Australian Marriage Equality convenor Peter Furness said the growing support for same-sex marriage and the recognition of same-sex marriage of overseas couples who come to Australia increased pressure on the Rudd Government to review its stance.
''This poll scuttles the only rationale put forward by the Rudd Government for opposing equality, namely that a majority of Australians believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman,'' he said.
Mr Furness said that gay couples were still treated unfairly in many areas, including when bringing partners from overseas and in being recognised as the next of kin.