THE eight-year-old niece of a Melbourne gay couple has followed through on her promise to write a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott every day for a week to urge him to change his position on same-sex marriage.
Earlier this month eight-year-old Abbey made headlines when she sent a handwritten letter to Abbott asking for the law to be changed to allow same-sex marriage and explaining she had to go to New Zealand for her uncles’ wedding.
After reminding the Prime Minister of her week-long plan in her third letter, Abbey acknowledged Abbott’s difficult workload on day four.
“I haven’t had a reply from you yet so when you have time please write back. I know it’s hard running a country,” she wrote.
On day five Abbey even told the Prime Minister she understands how hard change can be.
“Change is normally for the best. It’s okay to make a change to laws and the way you think,” she encouraged.
Abbey’s week of letter writing finished with a final plea, and the message: “I’ve loved writing to you.”
Abbey’s uncle Gregory Storer told the Star Observer his niece was still hoping for a response.
“When I caught up with Abbey on Sunday she we talked about her expectations in receiving a response… She wanted to know if writing to the Queen may help if the PM doesn’t respond,” he said.
“Michael and I have been amazed at the response our niece has had and the impact on others. We’ve had plenty of good comments that we’ve shared with Abbey. She’s pretty quite and shy, not really wanting the limelight, but happy that we have shared her letters with the world.”
Abbey follows in the footsteps of other Australian children who have written to Abbott this year to convince him to change his mind on marriage equality.
Four-year-old Sabrina Franco from western Sydney and 11-year-old Orlando Burcham from Newcastle both wrote to the Prime Minister, and while Orlando received a response, Sabrina did not. Both letters garnered international media attention and went viral on social media.
Storer and his partner Michael Barnett will appear on an SBS special called Living With the Enemy: Same-Sex Marriage, where they will live for a week with conservative Anglican minister against same-sex marriage.
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