Rural Australia does support marriage equality says AME
When Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley told a Q&A audience on Monday night that gay marriage was an idea whose time hasn't quite come in the area of rural Australia and regional Australia which she represents, the internet was afire with responses from country folk wanting to prove her wrong.
And if the internet and Twittersphere were not enough to go by, Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome has some statistics to set the Assistant Minister straight.
According to a 2012 Galaxy poll commissioned by AME, support for marriage reform is strong in both urban and rural areas.
“The figure for regional and rural support is only four per cent below the national average, and is still a strong majority,” Croome told the ABC.
“The national support for marriage equality is about 64 to 65 per cent and support in rural and regional Australia is 60 per cent.”
“So there is majority support in rural and regional Australia, including in Sussan Ley's electorate. It's pretty consistent across the country no matter where you live,” Croome said..
Croome said the stereotype that regional Australians are against same sex marriage is '”an urban myth”. He said the main differentiator in terms of support for marriage equality lay not in geography or social and economic standing but rather age.
“A bare majority of older Australian support it and a whopping majority of young Australian support it, up to 85 per cent.'