this month ResearchNZ asked about it in their regular monthly poll of social attitudes. The question was
“In your view, should same sex couples also be allowed to marry?”According to the results [offline, but will be up here later], 60% of respondents were in favour and 34% opposed
If that is correctly reported, then that is a great result.
Support was higher amongst women (66%) than men (51%), and significantly higher amongst young people, with 79% of those in the 18 – 34 age bracket in support (vs “only” 61% of 35 – 54 years olds, and 44% among older people).
With 80% support amongst under 35s, I’d say it is inevitable and just a matter of time.
Some people thought the world would end with civil unions. It didn’t. All that happened is same sex couples who wanted to pledge their love for each other were able to do so in a way which has legal recognition.
Civil unions are marriage in substance, but not in name. I don’t think it is a burning issue, but I do think that Parliament should listen to the people, and amend the Marriage Act to allow same sex marriages.