Renee Pilcher

Same-sex civil unions to come back to Queensland

THE Queensland Government hopes to reinstate civil unions by the end of the year as pressure mounts for Australia to follow the example set by Ireland and legalise same-sex marriage.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was making it a priority to return provisions to same sex couples which were taken away by the previous LNP government.

READ MORE: Irish gay marriage victory must be shared by others

The Bligh Government passed its civil union legislation in its dying days.  It was one of the first things undone by the Newman Government, which took away state-sanctioned ceremonies and renamed it registered relationships.

The states have no power to change the Marriage Act, which is a federal government responsibility.

While Tony Abbott has ruled out a referendum on the issue, which is how Ireland decided the issue, momentum is building for a conscience vote within the Australian parliament.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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