Queensland Labor calls for binding vote in favour of equal love
Members of the Queensland Labor Party have voted at the state’s Labor Party Conference to bind party members to vote on party-lines in favour of marriage equality.
All other states and territories apart from Tasmania allow Labor party members a conscience vote on the issue.
Nonetheless, marriage equality advocates have welcomed the move.
National director of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, said the majority of Labor party voters support same-sex marriage therefore party policy should reflect this.
"An overwhelming majority of Labor voters support marriage equality, and it is disheartening to them that the politicians they elect are allowed to ignore party policy and vote against the reform,”Croome said.
"It is consistent with Labor Party rules that all Labor members should vote for marriage equality because it is a human rights issue, not an issue of life or death like abortion or euthanasia."
The motion was made by Labor delegate Nick Thompson who said he was pleased the party had supported a binding vote in favour of reform.
"We're heartened by the overwhelming support that Conference has shown towards a binding vote on equality and I look forward to the national conference next year where we hope to see further changes towards a binding vote nationally."
Currently, Labor MPs in NSW, VIC, SA, WA, NT and ACT are allowed a conscience vote on the issue.