Littleproud stands firm in momentous occasion
DURING Thursday's historic scenes in the House of Representatives, Member for Maranoa David Littleproud cut a lonely figure joined by only three others on the side of the same-sex marriage bill no vote. The affirmative won overwhelmingly, and social and political commentators had a field day with those they deemed "on the wrong side of history”.
Mr Littleproud however, said he was extremely proud of his stand in making sure the voice of his electorate and constituents was heard.
"Calling for that vote was one of the most stressful things I've done,” he said.
"Clearly in the far minority, it was only myself and fellow National Party member Keith Pitt who wanted to make sure our votes were recorded.”
Clearly with no doubt of the gravity of the momentous occasion he had been a part of Mr Littleproud said he had always maintained he would vote with his electorate.
"Forty-four percent of people in Maranoa voted in favour of marriage equality, which made my decision that much harder,” he said.
"Democracy's a wonderful thing and we have to respect it. I made a commitment to the electorate and if it had been a no vote of 50.01percent I would have done the same.
"If I didn't I wouldn't deserve to represent the people of the electorate - I'm very proud of my stance and proud of the party that allowed me to have that conscience vote.”
Warwick resident Deb Pirlo said she admired Mr Littleproud for sticking to his guns.
"Personally I have nothing against homosexuals,” she said.
"The only concern is what they'll want next.”
Warwick chef Keith Duncan said he tended not to pay much attention to politics.
"With regards to same-sex marriage, if you love someone, go for it,” he said.
"But if Littleproud voted by his electorate's decision, then he hasn't really voted with his heart has he.”
Mr Littleproud said it was an experience he would never forget.
"It's great to have achieved what we have as a nation in such a way that no one can ever question the validity of the outcome.”