The Liberal National Party (LNP) Member for Noosa Glen Elmes has declared his support for civil unions, despite LNP leader Campbell Newman announcing the party will oppose the upcoming civil unions bill.

In the Sunshine Coast Daily today, Elmes was quoted as saying he will vote “no, but would have been yes if process had been followed”, which suggested his support for the bill had been quashed by Newman’s decision not to allow a conscience vote.

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser said he knew other LNP MPs would have similar views if they weren’t being dictated to by Campbell Newman.

“Next week’s vote on civil partnerships should be a conscience vote, not one dictated by the LNP Party machine,” Fraser said.

“I welcome Mr Elmes’ support for the bill. He clearly recognises the modern reality of same-sex relationships, and the clear need for those relationships to be legally recognised.

“Mr Elmes should do what is right next week. He should vote with his conscience and support the bill – not be bullied into a position by unelected backroom members of the LNP.”

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