How To Vote 'Yes' In The Same-Sex Marriage Survey

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There’s currently a rumour spreading like wildfire through Facebook and other social media services that voting ‘YES’ in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey could result in your vote counting against legalising same-sex marriage. That is not the case.

You may have seen this post or a post similar to this pop up in your social media feeds over the weekend:

RE: PLEBISCITE

If it goes ahead, PLEASE READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY. It could be phrased in such a way that voting 'YES' actually indicates NOT having marriage equality, for example if the question is 'Should the Marriage Act of 1961 be upheld in its present form', then a 'YES' vote is a vote AGAINST marriage equality, and a 'NO' vote would be for changing it.

PLEASE don't put 'YES' just by reflex and make sure you understand how the question is phrased so you don't ACCIDENTALLY vote against marriage equality.

I tried to track down the precise origins of the post but it appears that it is just being copied and pasted from user to user now, resulting in a whole lot of misinformation being spread around the place. So let’s set the record straight.

I agree that you should read the question carefully, but as we’ve reported previously, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be responsible for conducting the survey and they have already stated on their website that there will only be one question asked in the Postal Survey.

The exact wording of that question is:

“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Therefore:

Voting ‘YES’ is a vote FOR marriage equality.

Voting ‘NO’ is a vote AGAINST marriage equality.

It really will be as simple as that.


Comments

    And a whole bunch of people will still F*** it up.

      I'm sure the ABS will help with the stuff-up too. I mean they stuffed up the Census which they had years to plan for, so how on earth will they manage on a tight deadline?

      In all seriousness, I do feel sorry for the ABS getting caught in the middle of this. I'm sure there's been a few resignations just avoid getting dragged in front of a Senate committee about this, regardless of the outcome.

        I mean they stuffed up the Census which they had years to plan for
        This is a postal only survey - no online component to fall down.
        Whilst they will likely need to ramp-up staffing to process responses it carries far less IT risk.

        The biggest risk is a high court challenge to the financing of it, with the next biggest the handling of AEC and Silent elector data.

    I wonder whether this FB post originated in the "No" camp. Perhaps as a trick to make those who distrust the government's motives vote "No" instead of "Yes". They are making up statistics, so deciding to trick people who want marriage equality into saying "No" isn't beyond their capabilities.

      Don't wonder. Why else do it? For the lulz?

    "A Turnbull government minister with oversight of the postal survey on same-sex marriage has issued a fresh apology for once describing homosexuality as "sordid behaviour" and blaming gay people for the AIDS epidemic

    That Minister, Michael McCormack, is responsible for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which will conduct the federal government's contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage.

    Worth noting!

    Funnily enough I saw this on the weekend but the other way around. The poster on Facebook was worried that voting 'No' would actually be pro-marriage equality to trick people like them. Gotta watch out for that crafty homosexual agenda! :P

    Perhaps as a trick to make those who distrust the government's motives vote "No" instead of "Yes".
    The poster on Facebook was worried that voting 'No' would actually be pro-marriage equality
    It seems like the trick here is to just read. Unfortunately as someone with a background in adult education, this isn't always a given, even with our high literacy rates.

    how do I vote no?

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