Here's What The Same-Sex Marriage Survey Looks Like

Marriage equality advocates show their support- the same sex marriage postal vote begins today

The wording is exactly as the ABS said it would be, with the question being: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?".

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

By September 25, all 16 million enrolled Australians should have received their forms. Abbott, who remains a government lawmaker, opposes the change.

Of those who intend to vote, 70 percent said they would vote "Yes".

The government will introduce legislation that makes it illegal to vilify, intimidate or threaten harm against people on the basis of them being LGBTI or having religious convictions, as part of its same-sex marriage postal survey.

The bill will have a sunset provision, lasting only for the period of the postal survey.

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Some 1400 voters were surveyed between Wednesday and Saturday last week for the poll.

If you believe same-sex marriage should be legal, you mark the "yes" box.

But the government refuses to release a draft bill until after the survey decides whether the Parliament will consider any bill.

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urged a "yes" vote.

The ballot helps Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to unite his Liberal-National coalition government, which had been fractured over the issue throughout his two-year tenure.

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