#DearPM: Marriage Equality (14 of 30)

Good morning,

Day 14, yay! We’re nearly half way. And I’m excited to share today’s letter.

14-of-30

This letter is from Sarah Sergeant, who shares her concerns about the future for her children, when there is still fundamental discrimination in Australia’s laws. Sarah is a strong and caring mother, and her two little boys must be very proud of mum taking a stand today.

It think we can all agree with Sarah, that it is hard to imagine a future without marriage equality, it feel inevitable. Except that it has felt inevitable for the past ten years, and we’re still waiting

Don’t forget to make submissions to: damien@djomeara.com

Take care,
Damo

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

28 November 2016

#DearPM: Marriage Equality (14 of 30)

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

Quite a few submission in this project have been from mums, who want to see equality in the law. Some of these mothers have a child who is LGBTI, and some want to make sure their children grow up in a world that is fair and just to all children, no matter their sexuality or gender identity.

Today’s submission is from Sarah Sergeant, a mother who wants to see Australia as a nation that doesn’t discriminate, for the sake of all children who grow up in this country.

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

My three year old son has made it very clear he would like a ‘Princess Flurry Heart’ for Christmas. When I purchased the toy I was surprised by some people’s reactions, suggesting it wasn’t an appropriate boy’s toy.  I thought we had outgrown this type of stigma.  As I teach values of non-discrimination and equality to my young sons I am in an upward battle against legislation and the negative associations it creates. I may not be active in the LGBTI community, but the issue of marriage equality has far wider ramifications.

Stigma stems from misunderstanding and leads to discrimination. I have been proud to see our government in recent years tackle head on the de-stigmatisation of people with Mental Illness. Strong leadership and policy change has led to less discrimination in the wider community. So why is there still a group of people in our community who are discriminated against by refusing them such a basic right?  

This isn’t a situation for you to call upon the people to make a choice. It is an issue requiring strong leadership and a demonstration of acceptance. It is an opportunity for you to make a difference by simply doing what is right and just.  By doing this you are setting an example that discrimination will not be tolerated in our nation, something I can be proud to relate to my children.

I will not tell my son he can’t have a ‘girl’ toy.  And if he grows up to fall in love with someone of the same sex I pray I don’t have to explain to him that it is against the law for him to marry.

Kind Regards,
Sarah Sargeant, Victoria

Sarah wants to see a change for our future:

  • How many times has the Attorney General met with the organisation PFLAG to understand their perspective on marriage equality?

This is my fourteenth 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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