• Gay-hate flyer illustrates why marriage equality is important
• Survey finds 84% of same-sex couples would prefer to marry in Tasmania than NZ

Marriage equality advocates say Tasmania faces a stark choice between leading on a major civil rights issue or being stuck in a past of prejudice and hate.

Today advocates condemned a gay-hate flyer being distributed in Hobart, and released a new survey showing 84% of same-sex couples would prefer to marry in Tasmania rather than New Zealand.

Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Rodney Croome said,

“On Saturday, Tasmanians go to the polls in an Upper House election that could decide the fate of marriage equality locally and nationally.”

“Voters face a stark choice between Tasmania leading the nation on the civil rights issue of our time, or being stuck in a past of prejudice and hate.”

The gay-hate flyer is under investigation by police for potentially violating the Electoral Act, and is also before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for potentially violating the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act.

Mr Croome said,

“This hate flyer is an excellent illustration of why we need to remove discrimination from the law, especially in an area as important as marriage.”

“I would expect candidates who voted against the Same-Sex Marriage Bill to condemn the flyer, but they cannot avoid the fact they have aligned themselves with the haters behind it.”

A survey of 724 Australian same-sex couples released today by Australian Marriage Equality found that 84% would prefer to marry in Tasmania rather than New Zealand if Tasmania becomes the first state to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

“Overwhelmingly, Australian same-sex couples would prefer to marry in their own country rather than fly to New Zealand.”

“I urge electors to vote for candidates who will seize the unique opportunity Tasmania has to lead the nation towards marriage equality.”

The Tasmanian Same-Sex Marriage Bill was defeated by two votes in the Upper House last year. The sitting members in Nelson, Pembroke and Montgomery were against the Bill. Almost all the challenging candidates in Saturday’s election support marriage equality. For more click here: http://tasunited.org/