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Same sex marriage survey in Australia gets underway

Same sex marriage survey in Australia gets underway

The legislation would be in effect for the period between its commencement and the declaration of a result on November 15.

Andrew Pasco, one of thousands of people who packed the streets of Sydney for the "yes" campaign rally on Sunday, said he was anxious the polarising debate could discourage moderate Australians from voting.

Sporting bodies across Australia have thrown their weight behind gay marriage, with cricket on Tuesday the latest to add its support for same-sex unions as a contentious postal vote on the issue began.

The bill, expected to pass parliament this week, would make it an offence to vilify, intimidate or threaten to cause harm to a person on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or religious conviction during the survey.

If the postal survey finds most Australians want gay marriage, the Parliament will vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition on gay marriage.

"I believe there is a conflict here between those seeking the right for same-sex marriage and the rights of the child, and I believe the right of the child to have a mother and father should be preserved", he said.

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Of those who intend to vote, 70 percent said they would vote "Yes".

His words were in contrast to those of one of his party's previous leaders, former prime minister John Howard, who officially launched the "no" campaign on Saturday.

The coalition, the lead campaigner against same-sex marriage, did not respond to requests for comment. In 2016, its logo joined the Australian Marriage Equality page, alongside other major companies like Google, Microsoft, Twitter, IBM, McDonalds, Mastercard, Adobe, Airbnb, Virgin, Qantas, and top Australian banks like Commonwealth and Westpac.

Those yet to show their hand include Tennis Australia and the Australian Rugby Union. "You've got five years until I'm 18 Australia!"

"We've had the world's longest engagement", Long said. Police declined to comment on the numbers at both rallies.


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