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Gay marriage to be among top issues in Australian election campaign

Advocates for marriage equality in Australia have released polling that shows gay marriage will be a big issue for swing voters when they go to the polls 7 September.

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6th August 2013 11:57

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Australia have vowed to make the issue a key issue in the lead up to Australians voting on 7 September.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the election date yesterday and Australian Marriage Equality has released new polling that shows that same-sex marriage will be a key issue for swing voters.

A poll by the Galaxy research company found marriage equality could be an election-decider with 11% of Liberal/National Coalition supporters saying they were more likely to vote Labor because of Rudd’s support on the issue while 57% of voters including 37% of Coalition voters said Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s opposition on the issue was out-of-step with community attitudes.

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