LGBTIQ Australians are being asked to chart the way forward for marriage equality. A survey outlining the options, including a plebiscite or a free vote in parliament, has been launched by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and new LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal.
The survey will be widely promoted on social media through a professionally designed promotional campaign, giving it a sample that is as representative as possible.
Marriage equality researcher, Dr Sharon Dane, who provided advice on the design of the survey, said it will give the best picture available of how LGBTIQ Australians want to proceed to marriage equality. “I believe this survey will provide credible results by surveying a wide cross-section of the LGBTIQ community,” said Dr Dane. “The results will be reliable enough to be used to inform politicians about what the LGBTIQ community really wants.”
PFLAG spokesperson, Shelley Argent, said politicians have largely overlooked the wishes of the LGBTIQ community. “Some politicians are saying it should be a plebiscite or nothing and it’s time the LGBTIQ community had a voice to respond to such ultimatums,” she said.
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said, “Australian decision-makers have a duty to listen carefully to the LGBTIQ community when making decisions that affect us”.
Image: courtesy of just.equal