New Zealand: New Marriage Equality Poll Shows 47% Support It, 43% Opposed

Written by scott on February 26th, 2013

titleA new poll in New Zealand shows that marriage equality supporters have now surpassed oppoments, if only by a small margin. Pink News reports:

The poll, commissioned by Family First, and run by Curia Market Research in February, found that, out of 1000 respondents, 47% were in support of equal marriage, and 43% thought that civil partnerships were sufficient for gay couples. Respondents were asked the question: “Do you think Parliament should change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, or do you think civil unions are sufficient for same sex couples?” 49% of respondents were in favour of a referendum on the equal marriage bill, with 41% opposed.

The poll’s other findings:

The poll also found that 80% of people thought marriage celebrants should not be forced to perform same-sex weddings if it goes against their “personal convictions”, and 73% said they didn’t think churches or religious organisations should be required to allow equal marriages on their premises.

New Zealand is considering a marriage equality bill, which passed its first reading in August.


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