Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser’s bill, the Civil Partnerships Bill 2011, will go before the Queensland Parliament tomorrow night at 7.30pm. A vote is expected some time early the next morning. As the Brisbane Times reports, numbers in the House are very close, and reactionary Christian groups are ramping up their rhetoric.
If it comes to a tied vote, Speaker John Mickel may vote against. I’d urge all Queenslanders concerned about this important reform, which also recognises civil unions between couples of the opposite gender and makes access to legal rights easier for committed partners, to:
* Sign this petition;
* Attend the rally to be held outside Parliament House at 5.30pm tomorrow.
All LNP members are voting against.
Update: “ALP MP Kerry Shine has said he is undecided how he will vote on Civil Unions. [email protected] Telephone: 0746385755”