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.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
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.