The Western Australian National Party’s state conference has passed a motion supporting gay and lesbian civil unions -“ but the party’s leader says he will not be pushing for immediate law reform.The WA Young Nationals proposed the motion at the annual conference on Saturday, with the majority of delegates supporting the idea.The move follows the WA National Party’s decision not to support the Liberal Party’s proposed rollback of gay law reform in the lead-up to the state election in 2005.Gay activists welcomed the move, saying it showed maturity in the relationships reform debate.This move by the National Party shows that there is an increasing level of support within the party to secure fairness and certainty for same-sex couples and their families, especially those in rural and regional Western Australia, Gay and Lesbian Equality WA convenor Rod Swift said.We welcome the Nationals’ mature debate on civil unions and their continued support for laws which support and protect a diverse range of families and relationships.However, the WA National Party leader Brendan Grylls said he would not be pushing for law reform on the basis of the state conference’s decision, ABC News reported.But Grylls, who supported the motion, said the vote showed the Nationals were changing.We are looking for a much wider constituency and we believe that that is a reflection of the changing demographics in the state.

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