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Now (3.45 pm) there are 1,950 votes, with 50% for 'NO' and 48% for 'Yes'!
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- Crosby|Textor research shows strong support for marriage equality across all key demographics
- Free vote has over three-quarters support, including majority of those few opposed to reform
An overwhelming majority of Australians now believe that marriage equality – the ability of same-sex couples to marry – should be allowed in Australia.
The results are part of the most up to date nation-wide telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected Australians, in which attitudes towards allowing same-sex couples to legally marry were assessed.
The poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME) and conducted by Crosby|Textor in late June 2014, reveals strong and growing support for legalising same-sex marriages since this question was last asked in Nielsen’s 2013 poll.
Mr Textor expresses his personal support . . .
"Mark Textor of Crosby|Textor said, “The fact that nearly three-quarters of Australians support allowing gay couples to marry is exciting in itself – rarely do you get such a clear-cut endorsement. But the really exciting part for me is the long-term trend; support rising steadily from just 38% when Newspoll first posed the question a decade ago.”
Many of the surveys on homosexual 'marriage' have been commissioned by 'Australian Marriage Equality'.
Since we KNOW what result they would like to get, we need to look carefully at WHAT THE QUESTIONS WERE and HOW they were framed... in the past we've seen questions that referred to overseas countries allowing marriage etc and then asking what people thought about Australia doing so...
But the Crosby/Textor website doesn't provide the information on the QUESTIONS ASKED!
A selection of articles on some of the issues we deal with…
Marriage and parenting, the Islamic ‘caliphate’, science and history, and ‘Betty Crocker’ promoting homosexual ‘marriage'.
1. I had Masha Gessen’s dream of five parents… and it sucked
In this article Jennifer Johnson of the Ruth Institute (USA) reflects on a comment by lesbian activist Masha Gessen who proclaimed that her children had ‘five parents’ and wanted them to be ‘legally recognised’. In the quote, Gessen admitted that she didn’t think ‘marriage’ would work for her: “I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally… I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I don’t think that’s compatible with the institution of marriage."
In this interview, Masha Gessen noted that, although she thinks ‘homosexuals should have the right to marry’, the real intention is to change it – "fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there" – she says that people say “the institution of marriage is not going to change and that is a lie.”
Writing from her own personal experience, Jennifer reflects on the traumas in having five parents as she grew up – “I had five parents because my mom and dad divorced when I was about three; my mom remarried once and my dad remarried twice. So I had a mom and two step-moms, and a dad and one step-dad. In this day and age children can already have five parents. That’s how badly marriage has deteriorated already.”
She writes, “Imagine having five parents! Here’s what it means: it means going back and forth between all those households on a regular basis, never having a single place to call home during your most tender and vulnerable years. It means having divided Christmases, other holidays, and birthdays–you spend one with one parent, and another with the other parent, never spending a single holiday or birthday with both parents. Imagine having each of your parents completely ignore the other half of you, the other half of your family, as if it did not even exist. Meanwhile, imagine each parent pouring their energy into their new families and creating a unified home for their new children. These experiences give you the definite impression of being something leftover, something not quite part of them. You live like that on a daily basis for 18+ years….”
2. Are you fighting same-sex marriage but not divorce?
A short article by Jennifer Johnson – it reminds us that we need to fight to preserve and protect marriage, and fight a culture that promotes divorce as the ‘easy option’ – not just oppose homosexual ‘marriage’! She asks, “Have we been too focused on 'same sex marriage' and not focused enough on divorce?”
As we found in the previous article, Jennifer knows about the importance of marriage from her own personal experience…
Article: Are you fighting same-sex marriage but not divorce?, Jennifer Johnson, Ruth Institute blog, 10/7/2014.
3. Islam – the ‘caliphate’ or ‘Islamic state’
The radical Islamic group currently claiming increasing territory in Syria and more recently in Iraq, recently changed its name – from the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’ to ‘The Islamic State’. The group claims that they want to establish a ‘caliphate’ – in Islam, a ‘caliphate’ is an overarching government for Muslims and the name dates back to the successors to Mohammed.
As ‘Global Intelligence’ group Stratfor say, “The caliphate is a political institution that the Islamic State claims will govern the global Muslim community.”
This ‘Analysis’ by Stratfor provides a summary of the current situation and a thorough analysis of what the ‘caliphate’ historically means (after the time of Mohammed) in light of the claims by ‘The Islamic State’… they point out that there have been some unsuccessful attempts to establish a ‘caliphate in the past 90 years (by Hizb al-Tahrir, which rejects democracy and nationalism, and more recently, al Qaeda).
Analysis: Iraq: Examining the Professed Caliphate, Stratfor, 1/7/2014.
4. Science: The unreliable historian
What is science? Does history accurately record the changing views on various scientific theories? Kevin Horton reflects on the intersection of science and history in this article. He begins by examining the research findings of Dr Mary Schweitzer, who found soft tissue in T.rex fossil bones. Later on, her research identified “dinosaur proteins and what appeared to be blood vessels with nucleated red blood cells in them.”
But she admitted she didn’t want to tell anyone about her findings because she feared being ridiculed as it didn’t fit with the ‘scientific theory' of this dinosaur ‘dying 68 million years ago’ since it was impossible for soft tissue to last very long at all.
Kevin compares these findings with the ‘accepted scientific dates’ and says, the “great evolutionary displays in museums across the world, such as Fig. 1 from the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon, are in terrible error."
He then deals with other science he was taught – relating to human embryos and what claimed to be ‘gill slits’… which has been proved to be false.
Article: Science: The unreliable historian, Creation.com, 10/7/2014.
5. US company, ‘Betty Crocker’, promotes homosexual ‘marriage'
These links provide an example of how the ‘Betty Crocker’ company, which is about food and recipes, is using social media and advertising to SUPPORT the campaign for homosexual ‘marriage’…
The first article, from an Advertising website, is subtitled, “The Brand Uses Social Media and Rainbow Desserts in High-Profile Push”.
Article: Betty Crocker's Newest Recipe: How to Support Gay Marriage, Ad Age, 24/6/2014.
Betty Crocker has set up a special website called ‘The Families Project’
The webpage states, “Families are changing a lot. But they've still got one thing in common - the love that makes a home. At Betty Crocker, we believe that a family is a family, no matter how it's arranged. We're on a mission to understand what it means to be a family - so we can share the strengths that make every family part of a home."
A short video, with lots of graphics, is featured at the top of the page…
It claims that there are lots of different types of families – the inference is that homosexual couples make up ‘just one more type’ and they are ALL EQUAL!
The slogan is ‘Where there’s love there’s a family, and where there’s a family, there’s a home’.
Click here to watch the 1.5 min video.
Then the webpage has videos of various families ...
starting with a step-family, an extended family, a stay-at-home father, and then a lesbian family, the Rozens (link for video on the Rozens).
I'm often stunned at how much happens in any given week.... whilst we cover a number of major items in this News Update, it is really only the 'tip of the iceberg' for what we could report on!
In other words, the people completing the survey VOLUNTEERED to do so. Some of those, like Jacqui Tomlins, are activists for homosexual rights - read her account of completing the survey and urging others to participate. (She's the person who recently successfully campaigned for Kew Primary School to stop SRI Christian Education!)