#DearPM: Marriage Equality (1 of 30)

Good morning everyone,

Well this is exciting, it’s the first day of the #DearPM project.

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If you want to be a part of the project, please email a submission to include in one of my letters to: damien@djomeara.com. Submissions can be as short or as long as you like.

Take care,
Damo

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

15 November 2016

#DearPM: Marriage Equality (1 of 30)

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

My name is Damo and I married a bloke in Scotland. I have to tell you this because, despite being the first time in our nation’s history that both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader support marriage equality, we are still waiting for the law to pass.

My story is one of relative privilege; my parents were challenged by my sexuality, but always loved me, and not everyone can say that about their own situation. My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to afford to travel overseas and get married. To use a cliché, it was the happiest day of my life. Of course this has meant our marriage is not recognised in the country that we call home.

You have said that there is no plan B to achieving marriage equality. Now that the plebiscite has been blocked, you have decided to abandon the obvious path to marriage equality: a free vote in parliament.

I would like to know answers to the following questions:

  • What advice have you received from the Attorney General with regard to a plebiscite on marriage equality?
  • Has the Attorney General advised that the plebiscite is the only way to legislate for marriage equality? What other ways has the Attorney General advised could achieve this end?
  • What advice have you received from the Attorney General with regard to a free vote in parliament on marriage equality?

This is my first letter in a series calling for a free vote on marriage equality in the parliament in your current term. A free vote is the correct way to legislate for marriage equality. You could make this happen today.

Yours sincerely,

Damien O’Meara

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