Gay man calls for MP's support on same-sex marriage
LIAM Hughes is devastated to think his federal MP would vote against marriage equality.
The 23-year-old, who has grown up in Gladstone, has known he is gay since he was 14.
It wasn't until he moved to Brisbane to study that he felt confident enough to come out.
"At school I had a couple of friends who did come out and there were often excluded for it," Mr Hughes said.
"It wasn't that I consciously didn't come out. I guess I just didn't feel comfortable.
"Realising I was gay wasn't something that suddenly happened. I just intuitively knew I was attracted to men.
"This bill before the parliament means a lot to me. I want to know that if I loved someone enough I would have the same option (to get married) as everyone else."
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Mr Hughes was disappointed after he read online that Ken O'Dowd stood against marriage equality the last time it was voted on by the federal parliament in 2012.
He wrote a letter to Mr O'Dowd to find out how he would vote this time around.
But he is yet to get a reply.
"I called to follow up and (his office staff) seemed happy to talk about it. They said Ken had concerns about scientific research and some of the flow on effects. It's disappointing to think we might not have the support of our community.
"I would understand if we were talking about the church not letting us hold a ceremony there - but we're not.
"Australia is a secular country and there should be a separation of religion and state."