A SHORT Facebook post made by Lara Ryan on Sunday this week that details why marriage equality is needed has gone viral, with almost 60,000 shares just five days.

The post, seen below, reveals a heartbreaking story of how Ryan lost her wife, Elise, and the ordeal she had gone through following her wife’s death. It also revealed her love for her.

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Elise was struck by a car on February 9 while walking their four-year-old daughter home from day care.

Speaking with Buzzfeed News, Ryan said she “wasn’t normally political” about marriage equality or sexuality.

“We had a wedding, we’ve lived together for 10 years, we’ve had a baby. It’s never been an issue – I’m happy in my little life, there are bigger issues in the world,” she said.

However, following her wife’s death, Australian bureaucracy added to her grief.

“I had spent the day on the phone to Centrelink, to my health insurance company, Medicare – just having to fill in ridiculous forms and boxes I couldn’t tick,” she said.

On social media, Ryan received plenty of support from around Australia and the world, and her post began the #thisiswhy trend.

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