Lower than Ireland, which appears to be as bad as it gets.
Rodney Croome, the national director of Australian Marriage Equality (AME), which has been lobbying MPs to vote in favour, suggested a positive result in Friday’s referendum in Ireland could add to momentum in Australia for legislative change.
“If, as seems likely, Ireland vote for marriage equality then Australia will be the only developed English-speaking country that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry and that will be a major impetus for reform in this country,” Croome said.
“Many Australians will feel ashamed that same-sex couples can marry in a traditionally conservative country like Ireland but not in Australia. Many Australians will feel ashamed that our international reputation is suffering and will suffer more because we are lagging behind comparable countries.
“It is bad enough for us to fall behind New Zealand and Britain but to fall behind Ireland when Ireland has traditionally been the most socially conservative developed English speaking country is deeply embarrassing.”