11-year-old demands marriage equality for his Mums
“You were elected to represent our country not yourself,” chastises 11-year old Orlando Burham in his letter to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott demanding marriage equality for his Mums.
“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,” reads a letter penned by the Newcastle boy.
Burcham reasons that the majority of Australians are happily married and the PM has no legitimate reason for depriving gay people of the same happiness.
“Why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country?” the letter continues. “My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well.
“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.”
Burcham concludes the letter by reminding Abbott:
“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.”
Not long after mailing the letter Burcham received a reply from the PM.
“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.”
Whilst happy to receive a reply from Tony Abbott, Burcham admits he was disappointed with the response. He and his mother Councillor Cordelia Troy shared Orlando’s letter and the PM’s reply on the Australian Marriage Equality’s Facebook page, where it has received hundreds of likes.