It’s Saturday, and I have something fun to share for Day 12 of #DearPM. Brisbane-based writer, Lisa Rufus shared a poem she wrote back when President Obama came out in support of marriage equality. I enjoyed reading it and feel like it gives us a great moment of history and something positive to remember as we continue this fight for marriage equality.
I don’t know if this was Lisa’s intention, but I almost want this to be read out as a spoken word piece.
I’m almost at the half way point, now. But I still need more submissions to get to the end. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
26 November 2016
#DearPM: Marriage Equality (12 of 30)
To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,
Now for something completely different. Today’s submission is from Australian Writer and poet, Lisa Rufus. This is a contemporaneous piece that Lisa wrote just after President Obama announced his support for marriage equality. That was in May 2012, four years ago. A little over a year later on 26 June 2016, the Supreme Court returned a 5-4 decision that the the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples.
Years earlier, we had our own court decision: on 12 December 2013 the High Court of Australia returned a decision that the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961. But do you know what they also said? “The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament.”
That’s right, our high court has clearly stated that it is your job to get this through the parliament.
Please enjoy Lisa’s poem:
“The End is Nigh! Again…
By Lisa Rufus
The other day, Barack Obama, President of the U-nited States of America, stated his support for same-sex marriage. Here is what did not happen as a result to that affirmation:
The world did not stop spinning on its axis causing everyone in the United States to suddenly slide to the Eastern Seaboard at a speed of nine hundred miles per hour.
Millions of years of evolution did not undo itself thus turning all of mankind into a species mostly mirroring the Mexican Walking fish.
It did not rain chocolate (sorry kids).
The crust of the earth did not split open, nor did molten magma seep up from the cracks and cover the continent, triggering the judges from the Guinness Book of Records to declare the Largest and Longest Game of ‘The Floor is Made of Lava’ EVER.
The world’s stock markets did not crash, plunging the All-Mighty dollar all the way
sending human beings back to the stone age where people bartered with brontosaurus bones (would that be such a bad thing?).
Nor did the any the stars or the suns or the celestial bodies in the universe relocate themselves within six thousand light years from the earth, acting like a billion pizza ovens, burning all life on the planet to a thin and crispy, super-supreme crust.
What did happen?
Lisa Rufus, Queensland
So let’s talk High Court of Australia decisions:
- What advice has the Prime Minsiter received form the Attorney General about the role of the parliament in legislating marriage equality, in particular with regard to that high court decision on 12 December 2013?
This is my twelfth 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.