Support in Tasmanian for allowing same-sex couples to marry is higher than the national average, with all regions supporting reform, according to a new national poll released today.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, welcomed the result saying it shows Tasmanians are generally more tolerant and inclusive than other Australians.

“Tasmanians can take pride that we are leading the nation on one of the most important issues of legal equality and social inclusion facing Australia today”, Mr Croome said.

“Some people will think it ironic that Tasmania is leading the nation on same-sex marriage when it was the last state to decriminalise homosexuality, but I think we have become a more tolerant place because of past debates, not despite them.”

A large-scale national poll of 148,000 people commissioned by News.com, found that 46% of Australians support marriage equality while 35% are against.

In Tasmania support was 50%, with four out of the state’s five electorates returning a figure higher than the national average.

Only the electorate of Braddon was not above the national average, but it still has more people in favour of equality than against.

Support was highest in the electorate of Denison at 57%, followed by Bass (53%), Franklin (49%), Lyons (47%), and Braddon (42%).

The Tasmanian figures stand in contrast to a swath of seats in outer Sydney where support for marriage equality is generally lower than anywhere else in the nation.

For more details of the poll visit
http://www.news.com.au/national/same-sex-marriage-the-suburbs-that-say-i-dont/story-e6frfkvr-1225963473953