Australians support the right of a child to have a mother and a father over the right of same-sex couples to get married, an opinion poll indicates.
The Galaxy poll of 1200 Australians, commissioned by the Australian Marriage Forum, found three out of four respondents agreed society should try to ensure children are raised by their own mother and father.
Almost 50 per cent said it was more important for a child to have a mother and a father than the right for two men to marry and create a family, while 30 per cent agreed both were equally important.
Almost 20 per cent said the right of men to marry each other was more important.
Forum president David van Gend told reporters in Canberra on Thursday that Australians needed to understand that legalising same-sex marriage would violate the birth right of children to have both a mother and a father.
“You cannot have both,” he said.
“Unless Australians understand that same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption and same-sex surrogacy are a package deal which you cannot artificially separate, then they do not know what they are buying if they sign up to laws for same-sex marriage.”
The poll also found that 30 per cent of coalition voters would be much less likely to vote for an MP who supported gay marriage, while 10 per cent would be much more likely to do so.
Dr van Gend warned the government could lose senate seats if it legalised gay marriage.
NEW POLL SHOWS COALITION WOULD LOSE VOTES OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
A new poll has revealed that 29% of Coalition voters are much less likely to vote for a candidate who supports same-sex marriage.
The Galaxy poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Forum asked people if there would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who supported same-sex marriage.
Nearly one third of Coalition voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported redefining marriage. While only 10% of Coalition voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported change.
AMF President, Dr David van Gend said same-sex marriage was clearly an issue that could cost the Coalition votes.
“Our study finds strong feeling on this issue among almost a third of Coalition voters,” said Dr van Gend.
“For the Coalition to keep faith with the people who elected it, they must keep faith with their policy.”
Dr van Gend dismissed the idea of the Coalition allowing a free vote on marriage. “Any change from the present clear party policy on marriage to a position of having no policy at all – just a “free vote” by individuals – would have to be taken to the people at the next election.
“However, given the findings of our survey and the strength of feeling shown for a child’s right to have both a mother and father, there is firm political ground for Coalition MPs to stand on with their present child-centred policy on marriage.”
The Galaxy poll was conducted online using a representative sample of Austrlians and was conducted between 12 and 18 June 2015.