A conservative Christian lobby group has made good on a threat to campaign against Queensland MPs who voted in favour of the state’s civil partnerships legislation.
A series of flyers have been distributed in the Ashgrove electorate of Labor’s Kate Jones by the Australia Family Association (AFA), which claim she supports, “radical law that violate kids’ rights”.
Jones is currently battling Opposition Leader Campbell Newman for the seat. Newman needs to win Ashgrove in order to take the reins as premier in the event of a Liberal National Party (LNP) victory at the March 24 poll.
Brisbane PFLAG spokeswoman Shelley Argent said that Jones is to be congratulated on her stance for equality, not condemned by the AFA.
“The AFA and the LNP, if elected, will take Queensland back to the Joh [Bjelke-Petersen] era, with the promise of acts of deliberate discrimination against a minority,” Argent said.
“The AFA, who produced this flyer, state ‘we didn’t vote for this’ meaning improved rights for same-sex couples. But in fact we did when we voted for Kate Jones. Kate is intelligent and young with young ideas and doesn’t feel threatened by legislating for equality for all Queenslanders.
“I think the question should be asked of this flyer, why would the AFA exploit this small child and put her face to such a nasty, underhanded campaign?
The LNP have denied any involvement in the distribution of the flyer.
Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and NSW already have civil partnerships or relationship registers, while most Australian states have legislated for same-sex couples to have parental recognition. Some Australian states allow adoption.
“In fact Queensland is always playing catch up, never breaking new ground,” Argent said.
“Same-sex couples show great commitment when they make the decision to have children. Their babies are never accidental and most certainly not seen as possessions, but treasures that most parents apply a huge amount of love and energy to provide with the best life possible.”