Australian marriage law survey results have been published

2017 11 14 ABS Postal Survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that a majority of Australians responded favourably to the question "should the law be changed to allow same sex couples to marry."

Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 7,817,247 (61.6%) responding Yes and 4,873,987 (38.4%) responding No. Nearly 8 out of 10 eligible Australians (79.5%) expressed their view.

All states and territories recorded a majority Yes response. 133 of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority Yes response, and 17 of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority No response.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Beureau of Statistics have released a detailed breakdown of survey results.

Legislation enacting the results of the survey is expected to be introduced and debated in parliament before the end of the year.

Dr Justin Koonin, President of ACON, the leading LGBTI health organisation in New South Wales urged communities to remain strong and united during the upcoming period of parliamentary debate and noted that the protracted public debate has had a detrimental effect on mental health.

"The process has been exhausting and overwhelming for many in our community but it has also made us stronger and more determined."

Mental Health services continue to be available for LGBTI people who need support and assistance at this time. Some of these services include:

  • ACON - 02 9206 2000
  • Q Life LGBTI Telephone Counselling - 1800 184 527 | Online Chat
  • ADF All Hours Mental Health Support Line - 1800 628 036
  • VVCS Counselling Service - 1800 011 046
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
  • Life Line - 13 11 14
  • ADF All Hours Medical - 1800 467 425 | 1800 IM SICK
  • DCO Family Helpline - 1800 624 608 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • StartOut - 1300 751 690

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