Sunday June 19th 2011
QLD ALP SET TO DEBATE GAY MARRIAGE AT 11:30am TODAY AT STATE CONFERENCE
The Queensland ALP is set to debate a motion in support of same-sex marriage during their State Conference in Brisbane at 11:30am today.
The motion is expected to have the backing of high profile state government ministers, who will also be speaking in favour of the motion.
Last year Queensland Premier Anna Bligh came out in support for same-sex marriage (details here), while polling has found that 66% of Queenslanders support marriage equality (details here), as do 74% of ALP voters (details here) and 75% of Queenslander expect same-sex marriage will happen (details here)
Alex Greenwich, National Convener of Australian Marriage Equality, has welcomed the debate:
“Today’s debate provides the Queensland Branch of the ALP with an historic opportunity to declare support for a policy most Queenslanders, ALP voters, and Australians want”
The motion is is expected to read:
calls upon the Australian Labor Party, through both the National Conference and Federal Labor Party, to continue its commitment to the principles expressed in ss. 137 – 141 of Chapter 7 of the 2009 National Platform by amending both the National Platform and the Marriage Act (Cth) 1961 to allow for equal access to civil marriages, regardless of the gender of either partner
Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality