Neumann under fire at historic marriage equality gathering

BLAIR MP Shayne Neumann came under fire for his stance on marriage equality at a rally in Ipswich on Saturday.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Ipswich was one of the groups that organised the event.

PFLAG member Deb Grading read an open letter to Mr Neumann criticising his stance on marriage equality.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters also took Mr Neumann to task, while stating that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's call for a plebiscite was also unwarranted.

Ms Waters said a plebiscite on the issue was an "insult" and a "waste of time and money".

"The motion that we should leave this to a plebiscite ... is just a delay mechanism," she said.

"The reason they have proposed this is because they know they are losing the debate and they know the groundswell of Australians who want our laws to be reformed and fixed so that people who love each other can get married."

Mr Neumann deflected attention from his personal beliefs on same-ex marriage yesterday, saying marriage equality would be a reality within 12 months of the next election.

Mr Neumann said supporters of same-sex marriage should be pressuring the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold a Parliamentary vote on the issue now.

"I told constituents of mine at the last election that if they voted for me that I would not vote for it in this term.

"Since that time, with the change of pime minister, the Prime Minister has said that he will have a plebiscite. There will not be a vote in Parliament this term.

"They should be pressuring the Prime Minister for the vote. Because the Prime Minister wants to have a plebiscite and then a vote in Parliament.

"It is a $150 million waste of money to do that."

Mr Neumann said he would vote in accordance with the wishes of the Australian people carried in a plebiscite.

"The truth is, I think we have seen a big change in the Australian public's view on this issue," he said.

"I think that it is highly probable regardless of which side of politics wins the next election, that marriage equality will be a reality in Australia within 12 months of the election.

"I have told churches and the Australian Christian lobby and a number of people that this will come in now because of Turnbull being elected and because of the strengthening position of the Labor Party at the national conference which I supported."


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