Police Called To University of Sydney Same-Sex Marriage Protest

Trevor Jackson
September 16, 2017

I sense there is a feeling out there, that people are apprehensive of commenting on the same-sex marriage debate, as they do not want to lose friends, be labelled as homophobic, or be publicly condemned.

Vote Compass is a democratic engagement tool used by the ABC which provides valuable insights into what Australian voters think about key issues around the election.

"The case for these protections is compelling, given the experience of other countries such as the UK, US and Canada, in the wake of those countries changing their marriage laws", he said in a statement on Thursday.

The survey results, due in November, could prompt a non-binding vote in parliament.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in support for the "yes" campaign at an event in Sydney on September 10.

Australian tennis great Margaret Court recently sparked a similar backlash by expressing her opposition of same-sex marriage.

The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine whether Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the Government.

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An Ipsos poll published in Fairfax Media newspapers on Tuesday found 65 percent of respondents said they were certain to take part in the survey.

"I believe all Australians deserve the same rights, regardless of who they love".

During a gathering for the launching of Australian Christians for Marriage Equality's Adelaide chapter, AnglicareSA chief executive Rev. Peter Sandeman said students and their parents have to be able to freely decide on which side to vote.

Labor indicated it would support that move, but argued the safeguards of the Electoral Act did not go far enough, as they would not protect members of the LGBTI community from vilification.

The government and opposition are negotiating on details of legislation to be passed by Parliament this week that would penalize campaigners who resort to hate speech during the two-month survey.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbot is one example. It wasn't hard to track you lol, ' one man wrote in a Facebook message that Mr Nolan posted to Twitter.

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