By the sounds of it, Brisbane born pop duo, The Veronicas, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, were so moved by the experience of speaking at Brisbane’s largest ever rally for marriage equality on Saturday, they’ve taken things a step further by posting an online open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, warning him he has “missed the opportunity to become a world revolutionary leader” on the issue of same sex marriage.
They make a further plea that the Prime Minister should consent to allowing his party a conscience vote when the cross-party Marriage Equality Bill comes into parliament. The twins recorded themselves reading the open letter and posted it online hoping that it will draw attention to the topic of equality both here and overseas, though their international popularity.
Check it out below.
Read the full text of the open letter below:
Prime Minister Abbott,
We’re here today, speaking to you in front of Australia and the world, to say we need equality NOW and we need change NOW.
The conversation for Marriage Equality is no longer a question of IF but now a question of WHEN. Marriage Equality is inevitable!
Prime Minster, when the cross-party Marriage Equality Bill reaches your hands this week, we ask that you grant your party a conscience vote.
We joined the Marriage Equality rally in Brisbane over the weekend and met a number of the courageous souls who are fighting for equality. We heard their stories and their struggles. They have not lived without moments, years, even a lifetime of feeling confused, feeling different, scared, or unaccepted.
We all deserve the equal rights to marry our partner and to be granted equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
LOVE. IS. EQUAL.
Putting the importance of this simple message into political action will have a profoundly life altering impact on our generation, and all generations to come.
We’ve just arrived back from the USA where Same Sex marriage has been legalised in all 50 states. The example set by government is so powerful and so influential, and that’s why we’re speaking to you today.
Mister Abbott, you have missed the opportunity to become a world revolutionary leader on this matter and now it’s time to align with the growing number of governments who have paved the way for us, and not continue our alignment with governments who persist in restricting equal human rights and social progression for its people and country.
Tradition founded upon laws of discrimination and prejudice does not deserve sanctity in the name of history. It’s time to live in a country that recognises all people as EQUAL.
We believe in celebrating a diverse Australia. We also believe as humans we are all inherently connected and that our similarities far outweigh our differences.
We all experience love. We all experience fear. We all bleed the same way.
The LGBTQI community contributes fully to an economic, social and cultural Australia.
Doctors, teachers, musicians, farmers, army personnel, police officers, sports stars, students, tradespeople, journalists, small business owners, large corporation owners, mums, dads and politicians. And even your own sister, Prime Minister.
We are not fighting for special rights; we are fighting for our equal rights.
The precedent set by our government on Marriage Equality will have the greatest opportunity to erase and heal much discrimination often experienced by LGBTQI youths and adults, simply for who they love.
The legal and institutional framework that governs Australia must treat all people equally and we will not stay quiet until we have reached Full Equality for all!
Prime Minister, why delay for another moment the chance to create a more compassionate, more harmonious and equal Australia?
Jessica & Lisa Origliasso, The Veronicas
It goes without saying we give a big thanks to the girls. Simply they’re backing their words with action sending a clear example that they too like the thousands of other Australians believe it is time our country gets on the right side of history and make full marriage equality a reality.
Nice work girls!