Renee Pilcher

Gay marriage by another name?

A BILL to allow same-sex civil unions will be introduced into Queensland Parliament this week in a move dismissed by the opposition as "marriage by another name".

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser is championing the push to recognise committed gay and lesbian relationships at a state level, saying it is the most a state can do given marriage laws are a federal matter.

Mr Fraser yesterday told Labor MPs of his plan to introduce a private member's bill to allow civil unions - involving gay or straight couples - to be officially registered in Queensland.
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The Treasurer emerged from a caucus meeting last night declaring he would introduce his bill into Parliament this week, although it remains unclear how long it will be before it can be debated and voted on.

Labor MPs will be given a conscience vote, allowing them to come to their own position on whether to back the move.

Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said LNP leader Campbell Newman would decide whether individual opposition MPs would be allowed a free vote after the bill was introduced.

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