The federal government’s decision to overturn the ACT government’s law allowing civil recognition of same sex relationships is also causing some concern in Liberal ranks. To date, the main public concern has been voiced by ACT Senator Gary Humphries. Senator Humphries is usually seen as being more on the morally conservative side of the spectrum, but his concern appears to be based as much on the principle of defending the ACT’s right to determine its own legislation, as it is about the issue of civil unions. As he is a former Chief Minister of the ACT, this is understandable. However, his vote alone won’t be enough to defeat the government’s move. We can assume that the Family First Senator will support the government’s move, so there will need to be three Coalition Senators crossing the floor, which will be a tall order I think.
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