#DearPM: Marriage Equality (22 of 30)

Good morning everyone,

I’ve had an early start to get this letter together this morning.  Although I like to plan ahead, advocating for equality takes time and sometimes life gets in the way. Now to go post the letter on the way to coffee.

22-of-30

Today’s contribution is from the hilarious Christian Hull, who you may know from some of the brilliant videos he posts on Facebook. Basically, Christian says what we are all thinking and now he shares his frustration about the inaction on this issue.

I still need seven more submissions to get to day 30, send your case for marriage equality to damien@djomeara.com.

Take care,
Damo

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

6 December 2016

#DearPM: Marriage Equality (22 of 30)

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

I try to plan these letters a day ahead, but work, life and study all have to take priority. This morning, I jumped out of bed at 4:30 am to put this together, just before I head out to work.

I wonder if that’s something that is considered in this whole debate, the unquantifiable hours that LGBTI people and allies are volunteering in order to get marriage equality through the parliament in this country. It’s probably a drain on productivity. Something for you to think about.

Today’s submission is from Christian Hull, who is one of the funniest and most intelligent people I’ve ever come across. Christian points out the exasperation that we as a community are feeling as we continue to devote more hours of our lives to something that should be done. You should listen to Christian.

Dear Prime Minister

The topic of marriage equality is one I know you have heard enough of. You have been preached to, spoken at and often abused on the issue.

I don’t need to list the thousands of reasons why you should pass marriage equality, because you already know them.

What I want to say is this:

When marriage equality is finally passed I want it to be passed by a leader who is passionate about the issue. I want them to be proud of the gay community.

To have a leader who hasn’t taken the front foot, who hasn’t acted on his morals, is disappointing. It makes me feel like less of a human. It makes me feel like what the LBGTQI community wants is some sort of burden or problem that just won’t go away.

For years the gay community has suffered, been ridiculed, teased, bullied, pushed around. Just last week 13 year old Tyrone took his own life due to the bullying.

You wanted a plebiscite, a vote. Am I not worthy of a simple yes? Does my life need to be decided by all of Australia? Do millions of Australians really need to have a say in how I live my life.

I would honestly really like to know why you can’t pass a bill on marriage equality.

Yours truly,
 Christian Hull, Victoria

Christian’s final statement says it all:

  • Has the Prime Minister received any advice from the Attorney General against passing marriage equality through a parliamentary vote? If yes, what was this advice?

This is my twenty-second 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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