Same-sex union bill put forward

Kristal Johnston and Danielle Gillmeister, both 28, hope to get married one day.
Kristal Johnston and Danielle Gillmeister, both 28, hope to get married one day. Brenda Strong

SAME-SEX unions in Queensland may be legally recognised by the end of the year.

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser introduced the Civil Partnerships Bill to State Parliament on Tuesday.

The Opposition has declared the move "a stunt and a distraction".

Gladstone-based celebrant Judy Whicker said she'd heard the bill had been put forward.

"As far as our training goes, marriage is a union between a man and a woman," Judy said.

"But personally, I say each to their own."

Judy has performed two same-sex commitment ceremonies in her eight years as a celebrant - one in Gladstone and the other in Agnes Water.

"They were both just beautiful."

She added that both couples were "very much in love". More importantly, they were still together after several years.

"That's more than you can say for a lot of married couples," she said.

Going one step further, she said if gay marriage was allowed she'd definitely conduct the ceremonies.

"If it was legalised, for sure," Judy said.

"I'd love to work with (gay couples)."



Topics:  civil union gay and lesbian marriage

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