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Queensland Greens congratulate the Parliament on civil unions bill

1 December 2011 - The Queensland Greens have congratulated the Queensland Parliament on passing Andrew Fraser’s civil unions bill. ‘

This is a significant win for social equality,’ said Greens candidate for Mt Coot-tha, Adam Stone.

‘There have never been any plausible arguments why homosexual relationships should be treated differently to heterosexual relationships.  This lingering inequality has sent a regrettable message to the gay community that their relationships are somehow less valid, less significant, than heterosexual relationships.’

‘Queensland has now done what it can to rectify this situation.’

‘It was a shame to see some members of Parliament opposing this bill on the basis that it was a distraction from more pressing issues.  It would have taken just as much Parliamentary time to vote in support of the bill as it took to vote against, and it would have been far more consistent with Campbell Newman’s professed support for marriage equality.’

‘Still, it is gratifying that enough MPs were willing to grasp the opportunity for progressive social reform to see the bill passed.  We can all now look forward to the ultimate goal of full marriage equality through reform of the Marriage Act, which is being actively pursued by the Greens in the Federal Parliament.’

‘Let’s hope that the ALP can drag itself over to the right side of this issue at this weekend’s conference, then we’ll have the numbers we need in the Federal Parliament,’ Mr Stone concluded.

For more information contact Adam Stone 0417 629 825 or email Adam.

 

Media Release, Queensland Greens

 

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