AROUND 50 same sex marriage surveys have been set alight in a remote NT community because of a language difficulty.

DEBATE over same-sex marriage is really heating up in an Arnhem Land community where about 50 surveys have been burned.

Furious residents of Ramingining, 560 kilometres east of Darwin, believed the survey was asking whether or not a man should be “compelled” to marry another man, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) deputy statistician Jonathan Palmer.

He said experienced ABS field officers are currently visiting around 200 remote locations to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities participate in the voluntary Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey — as most people in remote communities don’t speak English a their first language.

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