Thank you for your vile and unnecessary email. Go for it re the Code of Conduct. Last time I checked all people in our democracy have the right to advocate for changes to legislation. Even you, if not on this issue. I will take great pleasure in putting you last when I come to vote for the Senate in a few weeks time.
Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage
Ryan Anderson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Emotive arguments and questionable rhetoric often characterise debates over same-sex marriage. But few attempts have been made to dispassionately dissect the issue from an academic, science-based perspective. Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, the more robust, rigorous and reliable information that is publicly available, the better.
Brisbane City Councillors receive hate mail on historic marriage equality vote
Ahead of the postal survey on same-sex marriage, much is being written about the relative chances of a Yes or No outcome, and the strategies both sides need to influence public opinion. However, the bulk of the public debate seems to be based on intuitive or speculative perceptions of the traits of people who are likely to oppose or support same-sex marriage, or on anecdotal evidence. We used data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey HILDA to assess trends in the degree of support for same-sex marriage, and to ascertain the characteristics of those Australians who do, or don't, support it. In , , and , the HILDA Survey asked its national panel to rate their degree of agreement with the statement "Homosexual couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples do" on a scale from one strongly disagree to seven strongly agree.
Perspective All Votes. Should same-sex marriage be legalised in Australia? Promoting stability and permanence in relationships is an inherent social good. Many other countries in the world have allowed same-sex marriage. Same sex marriages can be a boon for the economy.