Online payment company PayPal has pledged its support for marriage equality, promising to match donations made to the yes campaign.

The company hopes its support will help secure a win for the ‘yes’ vote, Gay Star News has reported.

PayPal’s Australian small and medium business director Brian McDonnell said supporting marriage equality was a “social responsibility” for businesses in Australia.

“If you look at tech companies like Microsoft and, locally, Atlassian, they are actively advocating in the same way as PayPal that the result of this survey should be a ‘yes’ and marriage equality should exist for Australians,” McDonnell said.

“Every person in Australia, and broadly around the world, has technology in their pocket every single day and that is a driving force in itself. That really creates a platform to get broad distribution about a critical issue.

“This is not about marriage. It’s actually about equality before the law.”

The company is matching individual donations of up to $250, up to a total of $50,000.

Donations can be made online.

Voting in the marriage equality postal survey is open until November 7, with results to be announced the following week.

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