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Gay civil unions not a priority: MP

SAME-SEX civil unions were not high on the list of priorities for this electorate, Member for the Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said, after a bill proposing they be legalised was introduced into State Parliament by Labor last week.

"I can honestly say I cannot recollect one single person coming up to me in my electorate saying they were worried about the issue," Mr Springborg said.

"The (government's) priorities are all wrong."

Mr Springborg said there was no doubt Labor was "playing politics" when Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser introduced the bill.

"If it was such an urgent matter for Anna Bligh, why did they leave it for the year of an election?" he said. "For the last two years, they have been saying it wasn't for them to deal with because it's a federal issue."

He said there were more pressing issues for the government to deal with - such as health care - and it wasn't a mainstream issue for the gay community.

"I have very good friends that are gay and they don't support it. It's wrong to say that everyone who is gay supports it," Mr Springborg said.

Mr Springborg said the LNP would not support the bill or a call for a conscience vote on it.

"We only have a conscience vote on life or death issues," he said.

Outspoken Warwick Wesleyan Methodist pastor Peter Wiggins said "Bible believing Christians" were concerned by the bill.

"This is a government recognising that which God condemns," he said.

"But the church and state should not be mixed - they are separate."

He said he thought a majority of people would oppose same-sex civil unions but may not want to appear "old fashioned".

Pastor Wiggins said he thought legalising same-sex civil unions would encourage more couples to take up the "lifestyle" - which he believed was a choice.

"We all have choices in life. I believe some people make the choice to live a homosexual lifestyle and I don't believe it's forced on them," he said.

"True Bible believing Christians don't hate homosexuals, they just disagree with the lifestyle."

In his speech introducing the bill, Mr Fraser said marriage had long been elevated among all other relationships in our society.

"But beyond the traditional legal recognition of the union of a man and a wife in the Christian tradition, others have been involved in human relationships of companionship and devotion that are not accommodated as a marriage under the laws of this nation," he said.

"Our laws presently admit the evidence of these relationships. They are there to be proven, but often after the fact, and often under contest.

"We should - in a civil society - not live a fiction through our laws.

"Our laws should accept the truth of human relationships."

Topics:  civil union, gay marriage, lawrence springborg, queensland government



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