#DearPM: Marriage Equality (27 of 30)

Good morning,

I’m trying not to feel disheartened after that crappy response from the AG’s office. The thing is, despite the completely insulting response from the government, I have (so far) received 27 submissions from Australians who want to see change, and have passionate and love-filled things to say about the LGBTI community. That in itself is a bit of a win.


Today’s submission is from the delightful Candice Wilson who says something short-and-sweet. Candice makes the point in such a simple way, and highlights that this should be done. Every day that marriage equality is delayed, is a day that there is discrimination in our marriage act.

No one wants to live in that Australia.

Take care,

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House

11 December 2016

 #DearPM: Marriage Equality (27 of 30)

To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP,

On Friday I received a response from the Attorney General’s Office, specifically the Family Law Branch. The letter said that the Government is focusing on other policy priorities, because the plebiscite failed.

Now, what would I do if I went to work on Monday, and tried to complete a task, but my colleagues advised that I was going about it the wrong way? You know what? I would find a way that works. This letter basically says: “We tried, and now that we can’t do it exactly as planned, we’re giving up.” I don’t know what I expected in response to these letters, but it certainly wasn’t a five-year-old temper-tantrum: “The Opposition and cross-bench didn’t like my idea, so I quit.” I mean, come-on! Do your job and legislate with a free vote in parliament.

Today’s submission is from the very delightful Candice Wilson. A short, but to-the-point submission that asks: Why is there discrimination in our marriage act?

It saddens me that marriage inequality still exists in Australia, everyone deserves the opportunity to marry. Marriage signifies the ultimate commitment of a couple’s love for each other. Love does not discriminate based on sex, so why does marriage? 
Candice Wilson, Victoria

  • Does the Prime Minister support the discrimination against LGBTI people in the Marriage Act?
  • If no, what will the Prime Minister do to end this discrimination in this Government’s term?

This is my twenty-seventh 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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