#DearPM: Marriage Equality (10 of 30)

Good morning everyone,

I’m a third of the way through the project and today’s submission is from my brother Gary. He’s pretty amazing and share his perspective and echoes something a lot of us feel, that marriage equality should be through already.


Last night, we also saw the brilliant Angie Green stand up on the ARIAs stage and call for marriage equality in Australia. I’m just going to just leave this here:

I still need more submissions, thought I have filled through half of next week. Add you voice by emailing your thoughts to damien@djomeara.com.

Take care,

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House

24 November 2016

#DearPM: Marriage Equality (10 of 30)

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

Last night was an incredible moment, when Angie Green, CEO of Stand Up Events, accepted the Best Female Artist ARIA on behalf of Sia. Angie accepted the award on behalf of marriage equality. It was amazing to see an ally stand up on a national platform and call for equality. I welled up a bit.

Speaking of welling up, my brother Gary shared his thoughts on marriage equality. Gary is a lot like our grandmother, a woman who had a deep sense of fairness and justice. I think this comes through in his submission.

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my thoughts on marriage equality, which for the most part I am surprised is not a simple matter of common sense, but which I see as nothing more than a question of legality.  If all humans share the same inalienable rights, then this should apply to everything under the law including marriage. Marriage is, after all, a legal contract.

It is the absolute definition of inequality if some people are allowed to perform some legal contracts while others are prohibited from doing so, it amazes me, therefore that this is even a topic that is up for discussion.

I must, however, go back in time to really illustrate the point that I am trying to make by sharing a story from my childhood.  I was asked the same question when I was nine years old, some thirty seven years ago, this was a time of discrimination and bias, to say the very least, but even back then as a child, growing up in such times, I knew that the answer was simple. If I can do it and you can do it, then anyone can do it, how could it be any other way. I knew that two people who found love were simply lucky and that they should enjoy every celebration of that love no matter how that bond was formed.

Quite simply, if a nine year old boy knows the answer, then it seems to me that everyone knows the answer.  So if we could just get on with it that would be fantastic.  Its time to let common sense prevail and ensure that there is marriage equality for all.
Gary O’Meara, New South Wales

Both Gary, in his letter, and Angie on the ARIA stage last night are calling for action, so with that in mind:

  • What advice has Prime Minister sought from the Attorney General for legislating marriage equality in this term?

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

Yours sincerely,

Damien O’Meara


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