The Queensland Parliament has joined Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT in passing legislation recognising same-sex civil partnerships.
As expected, the Opposition voted against the bill as did most independent MPs.
Labor MPs were allowed a conscience vote and four voted against the legislation, but the final result was not as close as expected with a margin of 47 votes to 40.
Inside Parliament, Premier Anna Bligh reflected the views of a majority of her party.
“The bill that is before the Parliament is a bill that seeks to strike a blow against prejudice and strike a blow against discrimination,” she said.