Australia kicks off postal survey on same-sex marriage Watch

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Asolare
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Australia has begun sending out ballots for a non-binding vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage.

The survey does not have the power to change the law but could lead to a vote in parliament.

Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they support the Yes campaign.

People will have until 7 November to cast their vote by mail and results of the voluntary poll are expected on 15 November.

Ahead of the ballots being mailed out, thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied on Sunday in support of the campaign.

The No campaign has said it remains confident it has strong support.

Mr Turnbull said the country's Marriage Act could be amended later this year if the vote shows support for change.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41223153

How impressive. Australia finally decided to start catching up with the rest of civilised society.
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(Original post by Asolare)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41223153

How impressive. Australia finally decided to start catching up with the rest of civilised society.
Are there polls indicating the level of support for each side of the vote?

Is the status of this survey akin to a 'non-binding referendum' in the UK (ergo, it is politically binding if not legally)?
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Are there polls indicating the level of support for each side of the vote?

Is the status of this survey akin to a 'non-binding referendum' in the UK (ergo, it is politically binding if not legally)?
The one mentioned in the article indicates 70% in favour, but only for those who are 'certain' to vote. I believe there was another one mentioned on Yahoo earlier which had it around 60% in favour with support supposedly dropping.

It's crazy they have two months to vote on this.
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How impressive. Australia finally decided to start catching up with the rest of civilised society.
Are you studying law at the moment?
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