Same-sex marriage row divides local Ipswich MPs
SINCE Ireland voted yes for same-sex marriage, communities across Australia have been debating the contentious issue.
Two of Ipswich's Federal MPs have now joined the debate, sharing their strongly opposing views.
Blair MP Shayne Neumann is standing firmly against same-sex marriage, while Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll has changed his stance to support marriage equality.
"Bill Shorten has confirmed that Labor members of parliament will be asked to vote based on their conscience," Mr Neumann said.
"When asked to vote with my conscience, I will not support same-sex marriage.
"This has been my long-held position and it's one I went to the last election with. I intend on keeping my word to the people of Blair."
Mr Ripoll said he had previously voted against same-sex marriage but has since changed his stance.
"There are strong views on both sides but I think the community is ready and has changed its view," he said.
"When it comes before parliament I will be voting for marriage equality."
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Where Australia stands
- The same-sex marriage debate has generated attention at a national level, with Labor leader Bill Shorten recently introducing a marriage equality bill to Federal Parliament.
- The Opposition Leader is urging local MPs to vote in favour of changing the definition of who can be legally married by replacing the words 'man and woman' with 'two people'.
- The Coalition, however, does not support Shorten's proposal, with the House of Representatives voting to adjourn debate indefinitely.
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