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Young Australian boy's letter to Australian PM Tony Abbott about marriage equality, Prime Minister Abbott responds
Its letters and stories online that make my day better and better with hope for more tolerance and acceptance around the globe, so I came across this letter and response story from BuzzFeed with the high hopes of a young 11 year old Australian boy by the name of Orlando Burcham who lives in New South Wales, Australia with his letter to the Australian Prime Minister over his view on Marriage Equality for all Australians.
So what Orlando did from his own heart to help impress his own mum/mom who is also gay wishes that he could see his mother happy and get married in Australia, but it's because of Australia's current 1961 Marriage Act which defines a marriage between 1 man and 1 woman only law which still prevents any law changes for same sex couples being able to be legally married which is holding back the freedom to marry who you love.
So this means Orlando's mum/mom went to New York with her partner to get married legally, but at the same time her marriage will not be considered legal in her own country until all of Australia has been recognized to accept the freedom to marry who love.
The letter brought a tear to my eye as a person and admin/owner of WOGP that my country of New Zealand has already embraced diversity with allowing same sex couples to marry legally like any other heterosexual person. It was only a few days ago in New Zealand we celebrated our 1 year anniversary that fully recognizes same sex couples a married couples and according to Statistics New Zealand in accordance with marriage clerks and New Zealand Courts as many as nearly 1000 same sex marriages have been undertaken.
Many other countries are also embracing equality throughout Europe, UK, Canada, New Zealand and many US states.
This is Orlando's letter below -
The letter reads like this as follows -
Dear Tony Abbott
My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow “gay marriage” in Australia. Because the majority of Australians are happily married, so why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country?
My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well. You have actually met my mum (Councillor Cordelia Troy) who is a member of the Liberal Party and she was deputy major at the time. It is so pathetic that you aren’t letting the gay people of Australia and other countries get married here. Millions of people in the world and when they come to Australia and think “wow this place is great! Let’s get married here!” And then they remember that they can’t. So they spend thousands of dollars to go somewhere they can get married. My mum is married but she had to go to New York, which took a lot of money.
You were elected to represent our country, not yourself. Just because you think it’s wrong, does not give you the right to make it illegal. Doesn’t our opinions matter to you? Just because you’re the Prime Minister, which by the way does not give you all the power.
I hope you change your mind.
A few days later the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with his reply to Orlando's plight to fight for marriage equality not just for his mother but for the whole of Australia -
Thank you for letting me know your views about same sex marriage.
I appreciate the deep feelings that many in the community have on either side of the issue.
The Government supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act 1961. Any change to this policy would be a matter for the Coalition Party Room.
My personal opinion is to support the existing definition of marriage.
Though we disagree on this issue, I respect the views you have put forward.
Ongoing dialogue between government and citizens keeps our democracy strong.
Thank you again for writing to me.
When Orlando’s letter and the PM’s response were posted to the Australian Marriage Equality Facebook page, Orlando’s mum commented on how proud she was.
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