For seven days, our niece Abbey sent letters to the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, requesting that he change the law on marriage to allow Michael and me to get married to each other.
Here are her letters:
- When Abbey Writes to the PM.
- Abbey's Letter to Abbott Day 2
- Abbey to Abbott - Are you listening?
- Abbey to Abbott - How busy are you?
- Abbey Reassures Abbott that Change is for the Best - Letter 5
- Letter 6 and Abbey Tells Abbott what she's after
- Letter 7 and Abbey's last Words to Abbott on Marriage Equality
Today she received a response! She called me straight away to tell me that she had some good news and some sad news.
The good news was the PM had written back to her, the sad news was that he wasn’t going to change anything.
We talked about the sad news and I said that I didn’t think it was all that sad. We already knew that he probably wouldn’t change his mind, but I encouraged Abbey to think about the impact she’s had. Her friends are talking about it, she managed to reach hundreds of people by writing her letters and then some other people also wrote letters. It was good for her to hear about the influence that her efforts had, and we talked about how important it is that people just like her let people just like Abbott know what she’s thinking. It’s how we bring about change.
Here’s what Tony Abbott wrote:
Thank you for letting me know your views on same sex marriage.
I appreciate you letting me know about your own family. In my family, I have a sister with a female partner. My sister’s partner is a loved member of our family.
While I respect your views on same sex marriage, I hold a different view.
My personal position is to support the existing definition of marriage.
The Government supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act. Any change to this policy would be a matter for the Coalition Party Room.
Thank you again for writing to me. I wish you well in the future.