Members of the Australian Services Union (ASU) have sent a strong message of support for same-sex marriage.
A recent survey of 2100 members has shown 73 percent are in support of same-sex marriage, while only 27 percent are against.
Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich welcomed the support and called for the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) — headed by conservative national secretary Joe de Bruyn — to canvass members in the same way.
“The ASU and their membership should be congratulated for recognising that the right to equality for same-sex couples is in line with the core beliefs of the union movement,” Greenwich said.
“If the ASU can survey their membership to ensure they are accurately reflecting their beliefs, then why can’t Joe de Bruyn?
“This poll proves that [Prime Minister Julia] Gillard and de Bruyn continue to fall further out of touch with ALP voters and the Australian public.”
The ASU poll results will be taken to the ALP National Conference in December where same-sex marriage is expected to be fiercely debated.