The Queensland ALP State Conference has passed a motion calling on both the Federal Labor Party and ALP National Conference to support same-sex marriage.
Prominent Government ministers from the sunshine state supported and spoke in favour of the motion, including Treasurer Andrew Fraser and Community Services Minister Karen Struthers.
Similar motions have already been passed in Tasmania, South Australia, and a motion in support of marriage equality still stands in Victoria.
The ALP Women’s network also recently passed a motion of support for marriage equality.
Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich welcomed the result.
“Momentum continues to build towards the decision that most Australians want the ALP National Conference to deliver in December in favour of full marriage equality,” he said.
Last year Queensland Premier Anna Bligh came out in support for same-sex marriage, while polling has found 66 percent of Queenslanders support marriage equality, as do 74 percent of ALP voters. As well, 75 percent of Queensland residents expect same-sex marriage will become law in Australia.
Greenwich declared the passing of this motion a win for the ALP rank and file.
“This decision is a victory for the many grass roots supporters of marriage equality in the Labor Party … not only has this conference delivered a win for the majority of ALP voters who support equality, but for the majority of Australians who also support this reform, he said.
Greenwich believes the motion indicates the ALP is getting back to its roots.
“The Queensland branch of the ALP are leading the way in listening to the electorate and their membership on this issue,” he said.