LNP split on same sex civil union vote

TWO of Queensland's LNP heavyweights are split on the reintroduction of same sex civil unions.

On Monday the LNP party room decided to allow each member a conscience vote on a Labor government bill to reintroduce civil unions - an about-face from the Campbell Newman-led LNP government that removed civil unions.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said he would oppose their reintroduction - but infrastructure shadow minister and former treasurer Tim Nicholls announced he would support the bill that is to be introduced to Queensland Parliament next week.

Mr Springborg said a conscience vote showed the LNP understood MPs had very strong personal opinions on same-sex partnerships.

"We think this is a mark of a mature political party that recognises that there are personal views," he said.

"There are a myriad of views from those that support the current laws, those that support the proposed changes by the government, those who just think it's a stunt and those that believe that we shouldn't be touching this issue until after the plebiscite on same-sex marriage."

Mr Springborg said he would be voting against the bill as he believed a Federal referendum to introduce marriage equality was the best solution.

But Mr Nicholls took to Twitter to announce he will support the reintroduction of civil unions.

"I will support the Relationships (Civil Partnerships) Bill. Let's all celebrate (and) support strong committed relationships between adults," he tweeted.

The Labor Party introduced civil unions under premier Anna Bligh - but the Newman government removed them.

Repealing civil unions was one of the first acts of the Newman government - it replaced civil unions with registering relationships with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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