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A new poll has found that the majority of Australians will vote in favour of marriage equality.

The country will take part in a postal vote on the issue next month, and while it won’t be binding, it will give politicians a better idea of what the public wants when they perform a vote in parliament.

Conducted by Newspoll for The Australian, a major new poll has found that 63% of Australians will be voting in favour of same-sex marriage, while 30% will be voting against, and 7% are still undecided.

A similar poll conducted last year found that 62% would vote in favour, 32% would vote against, and 6% were undecided.

As expected, younger voters said they were more likely to vote in favour of marriage equality, with 70% of 18-34 year olds intending to vote yes, compared to 49% of those aged 65 and over.

The decision to hold a postal vote came after plans for a national plebiscite were blocked by the Senate last year.

LGBT+ activists have argued that a parliamentary vote is the way forward, as a plebiscite will cost over $100 million and will likely give homophobes a platform to voice hate – which it already has.

Last year, Kylie Minogue and her ex-fiance Joshua Sasse famously stated that they wouldn’t tie the knot until same-sex couples could do the same, and introduced the highly-publicised Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign.

Their campaign was backed by a number of celebrities including Natalie Imbruglia, Margot Robbie, Jake Shears and even Dolly Parton.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones to show support for equality in Australia, as Ben & Jerry’s recently banned customers from buying two scoops of the same flavour until same-sex couples can marry.

But not everyone is in favour of marriage equality, as Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to get married will lead to people marrying inanimate objects like the Harbour Bridge.

“Once you remove that vital element of it being a man/woman thing, and you just say love is love etc., then basically you open the floodgates to anything,” he said.

 

This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.