In Australia, Queensland Parliament OKs civil unions

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- The Queensland MPs have voted in favor of legalizing same-sex civil unions during an historical night in Parliament.

After almost four hours of debate Andrew Fraser's private member's bill was passed by a vote of 47 to 40.

The bill, introduced by Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser, enables same-sex couples to register their union with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The bill will grant same-sex couples the right to enter in to legally recognised civil unions. At least one of the parties to the civil partnership must live in Queensland, Australia's third most populous state.

Labor MPs were allowed a conscience vote, but all Liberal National Party voted against the bill.

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