MPs vote no to gay marriage

IPSWICH MPs Shayne Neumann and Bernie Ripoll both voted against a private member's bill to legalise same sex marriages inthe House of Representatives yesterday.

The bill, introduced by Labor backbencher Stephen Jones, was defeated 98-42. Mr Neumann told the QT last night that he had considered his decision long and hard before voting against it.

"I've got a gay sister-in-law and her partner and I love, respect and admire them," he said.

"I've also numerous gay friends ... and we've passed 84 pieces of legislation since I have been in parliament to end discrimination against same sex couples in all manner of things ... and I've voted for every one of them.

"But it seems to me that there is no strong community consensus to support a change in what has been the understanding of marriage for millennia - the idea that marriage is between a man and woman entered into for life."

Mr Neumann said he also considered feedback from residents in his seat of Blair on the issue.

"I received 700 responses by way of personal written approaches, faxes and e-mails. The response was 585 against same sex marriage and 115 in favour."

Topics:  gay marriage, mps, shayne neumann




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
BEGGING TO BE... $200,000
House 3 1 1
THE AFFORDABLE DREAM $289,000
House 3 2 2
STYLE COMFORT & SPACE ON... $319,000
House 3 2 3
LIGHT, BRIGHT AND... $429,000...
House 4 2 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Ipswich jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Walloon Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Free Seed Packets

with token from today's paper
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

Move beyond your typical tastes and explore what's possible in cuisine. Cooking will be high on your agenda right now. Someone may make an...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save