Bundamba MP against same sex bill

MEMBER for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller was the only Labor member from Ipswich to vote against the civil partnerships bill, passed in State Parliament this week.

The bill called for same sex partnerships to be legally recognised, but stopped short of legalising gay marriage, which remains an issue for the Federal Government.

Exercising her right to a conscience vote, Mrs Miller said she voted no after gauging feedback from her electorate.

Mrs Miller had made her intentions clear in the lead up to the vote.

"Gay couples have said they want nothing less than the right to marry, which is a Federal Government responsibility," she said.

"Nobody in my electorate has ever spoken to me about wanting civil unions."

Even without her support and with the LNP uniting in a vote against the bill, Labor had the numbers.

The bill was passed 47 to 40 following a four-hour debate on Wednesday night, with Mrs Miller one of just four Labor members voting against.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser's bill was a political stunt and a distraction from the real issues affecting Queenslanders.

"People in my electorate - and I'm sure many others - are worried about the cost of living," Mr Rickuss said.

"They are not concerned with gay marriages.

Mr Rickuss labelled the bill a stunt, orchestrated by Mr Fraser to shore up votes in his seat of Mt Coot-tha, where support for the Greens has been increasing.

While indicating his support from the start, Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt agreed with Mr Rickuss that it was not the most important issue within his electorate.

"It's a relative blip on the radar compared to things like the fluoride debate and even the closing of Colleges Crossing," he said.

"The important thing to remember about this bill, and something that most of the media has ignored, is that it affects all couples - whether they are heterosexual or homosexual - in that it entitles them to all the things that married couples are entitled to."

Mr Wendt said he remained opposed to gay marriage.



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