Liz opposes same sex marriages

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ANY new moves to have same sex marriages recognised in Queensland would get short shrift from the Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham.

Mrs Cunningham said she had opposed such moves before and would do so again if attempts were made to introduce such legislation in State Parliament.

'I would oppose it in Parliament, and those who have communicated with me about the matter already accept I will oppose their lifestyle,' Mrs Cunningham said.

This followed comments by constitutional law expert Professor George Williams of the University of NSW who said federal laws banning gay marriages could contain a loophole which would allow same-sex marriages under state legislation.

He said Commonwealth laws passed last year defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and banning the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages, left open the possibility of gay marriages under state laws.

Tasmanian Greens member Nick McKim has already announced he planned to test Prof Williams' theory and introduce same-sex marriage laws into the state's parliament.

'I hope we would have a higher regard for the historical structure of marriage not to undermine it any further,' Mrs Cunningham said.

She said the 'attack on the family'' had already had such consequences as children's lack of respect for parents, authority and other people.



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