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Warwick fires up over homophobic portrayal

Supporters attend a marriage equality rally in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Supporters of marriage equality are calling on Members of Federal Parliament to pass legislation in Parliament, and avoid a same-sex marriage plebiscite which has been proposed by the Federal Government. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING
Supporters attend a marriage equality rally in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Supporters of marriage equality are calling on Members of Federal Parliament to pass legislation in Parliament, and avoid a same-sex marriage plebiscite which has been proposed by the Federal Government. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING JOEL CARRETT

THE Maranoa electorate and our reported disapproval of gay marriage is making headlines and waves nationally.

On Tuesday, SBS program The Feed, ran an episode filmed partly in Warwick to find out why this electorate is the only in the country opposed to gay marriage.

Most shared their frustrations that a three year old ABC Vote Compass survey had given rise to the embarrassing tag stamped upon our electorate.

Reader Laurel Hughes said no one asked her.

"It was such a small select group," she said.

"Designed to make us look homophobic.

Most people I speak to are incredibly welcoming and have positive attitudes regarding others lifestyle choices, life partners and marriage equality."

Another reader Justin Russell said it was interesting that no one had mentioned the economic benefits of marriage equality.

"The wedding industry would boom," he said.

"Just shows how backwards the region is."

Charmaine Acton said she lives in the Maranoa electorate and wasn't asked.

"I support gay marriage," she said.

In a Warwick Daily News poll run yesterday, 64% of people who answered support gay marriage.

Do you support gay marriage?

This poll ended on 20 October 2016.

Current Results

Yes

62%

No

37%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"I was up against a disingenuous journalist who came with a predetermined agenda," he said.

"I don't even recall having any interaction with Farmer Dave due to the age gap between us, I knew who he was because he'd grown up in the same area, but that's the extent of it.

"I was very disappointed with his pointed comments, and I was given no opportunity to respond.

"If an accusation is made I should have been given the chance to respond and that demonstrates the complete lack of integrity in this journalist."

Mr Littleproud said a plebiscite was the answer.

"I think we are having a respectable conversation about this issue in Maranoa," he said.

"But this is a significant change to the social makeup of our society.

"It should be decided by the people, that will give greater validity to the result, no matter what that result may be."

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