A Redlands group wants to send a clear message to Bowman MP Andrew Laming.
The group is petitioning residents about their views on marriage equality – and early indications are that they are very much in favour.
Facebook-based Redlands Residents – Your Voice on Marriage Equality spokesman Michael Burge said the petition had only just opened, with people being door-knocked in Mr Laming’s neighbourhood of Thornlands.
The poll was running about 20 to 1 in favour of marriage equality.
Mr Laming undertook his own survey last year which he claimed showed the majority of his constituents were against same-sex marriage.
He said the Bowman residents had voted to keep marriage between a man and a woman with a 58% majority.
However, the current petition defies that trend.
“We were not met with a sense of this being a 50–50, red-hot topic, far from it,’’ Mr Burge told the Redland City Bulletin.
“The most passionate responses were from many who voted ‘yes’ and were keen to underline how overdue marriage equality legislation is.
“I was pleasantly surprised by the minimal ‘no’ responses and the polite, neutral way the ‘no’ petition was asked for,’’ he said.
Mr Laming told the Redland City Bulletin he welcomed the petition regardless of its results. If the coalition were re-elected a national plebiscite would be held and he would vote in Parliament according to its results.
He vowed to help both sides in their respective campaigns leading up to the plebiscite.
A separate online poll, run by the Redland City Bulletin, currently shows the vast majority of respondents favour marriage equality.
In a total of 916 votes to date, 783 (85.48%) are in favour, 126 (13.76%) against and 7 (0.76%) undecided.
Mr Burge’s group will co-host a workshop with Australian Marriage Equality at The Red Place, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, this Saturday from 10am-1pm for anyone wanting to assist in gathering signatures for the petition, which will be sent to Mr Bowman at the end of the month.
Guest speakers will be Mr Burge (author, journalist and Coochiemudlo Island resident), Sharon Dane (Australian Marriage Equality), Adele Fisher (ʻWe Are The Villageʼ Facebook community and Ormiston resident) and Tracie Harrington (Harringtonʼs Realty and Victoria Point resident).
Photo courtesy of Redland City Bulletin