Gay marriage surveys torched in an Arnhem Land community after language mix up

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

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

Furious residents of , 560 kilometres east of , 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 and Torres Strait Islander communities participate in the voluntary Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey — as most people in don’t speak English a their first language.

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