POLL: No love for Bruce Scott's same-sex stance
A YOUNG Chinchilla couple has called Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott's opposition to marriage equality "garbage".
Simon Boyle, 24, and partner Adam Muller, 19, refuted Mr Scott's claim the Maranoa electorate was of a similar mind as the MP on the issue.
"They may not be vocal but gay people are everywhere," Mr Boyle said, adding that marriage equality "affects everyone".
Ireland's decision to legalise same-sex marriage and the ensuing push for Australia to follow suit prompted the Maranoa MP to say "marriage is between a man and a woman".
"I'm certainly not going to spend much time thinking about [same-sex equality]," Mr Scott said.
Mr Scott took the firm stance that the electorate he represented was opposed to any changes to the existing marriage laws.
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"I'm okay with people not being okay with me but they use Christianity as an excuse," Mr Boyle said.
"You can't use Christianity [as an excuse] for homophobia when Christianity is against so many things."
Mr Boyle and Mr Muller believed people like Mr Scott were against same-sex equality because they didn't understand it.
"As long as there are people who are different there are going to be people to speak out against them," Mr Boyle said.
Like a lot of young couples, marriage itself was something of a distant prospect for the pair but that didn't make them want it any less.
"I want to spend my life with someone. Civil unions are close but they're not the same as a wedding," Mr Boyle said.
He said having the right to marry wasn't about "wanting anything special", it was about having the same rights as heterosexual couples.
"We just want the same," he said.
Labor leader Bill Shorten introduced a private members' bill to parliament this week to change the words in the Marriage Act from being between a man and a woman to be a "union of two people" and has called on the Prime Minister to allow a conscience vote in the Liberal Party.