Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) will look at repealing civil union laws in the state if it wins the next election.
Speaking to the ABC today, Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls (pictured) said the issue would be looked at, but that it won’t be the LNP’s first priority if it wins government.
“We’ll look at the repeal of it, but it may not be possible,” he said.
“It may be that people have altered their circumstances, or are in train to change their circumstances, as a result of that legislation.”
The Civil Partnerships Bill passed Parliament with 47 votes to 40. The LNP voted as a bloc against the Bill, saying it was rushed and a “distraction”.
Christian lobby groups such as the Australian Family Association have previously threatened to campaign against politicians that voted in favour of civil unions at the state election next year.
Independent MP for Burnett Rob Messenger, who described the Civil Partnerships Bill as an “abhorrent piece of legislation”, has stated he would introduce a private member’s bill to repeal the laws.
“The bitterness that permeates from the LNP’s threat to repeal the Civil Partnerships Bill is utterly embarrassment [sic] for them, their members and for our state,” Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser said.
“Who are these people? They smothered their consciences on the vote for overtly political reasons and now they are threaten to take Queensland backwards because of sour grapes.
“We will be ensuring that Queenslander can properly and legally register their civil partnerships as soon as possible in the early stages of 2012.”