A new poll has shown a rise in support for marriage equality since the Australian Parliament passed legislation in December allowing same-sex couples to wed.
The Essential Poll, released on Wednesday, showed support for marriage equality had increased from 61% to 65%, while the percentage of those opposed dropped from 32% to 26%.
Just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome attributed the rise to the Australian public being able to see the weddings that had resulted from the reform.
“Support for marriage equality is up because Australians have finally seen with their own eyes that the one and only outcome is a more equal and inclusive nation where loving, committed same-sex couples can tie the knot in front of family of friends,” he said.
“Dire predictions about the sky falling in have not come to pass because they were based on fear, not fact.”
The Essential poll also recorded higher support from women, and people between the ages of 18 and 34.
Croome said opinion polls had shown majority support for marriage equality since 2006.
“If the government had paid attention to the long history of polls showing majority support for marriage equality, rather than waste a hundred million dollars on an unnecessary, damaging postal survey, we could have had marriage equality much sooner,” he said.