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4-Year-Old Writes Australian PM Urging Him To 'Let Boys Marry Boys And Girls Marry Girls'

Letter

Same-sex marriage advocates get started at a young age in Australia, as evidenced by four-year-old Sabrina Franco's touching, sincere letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. In the letter, Sabrina asks that Abbott allow "boys to marry boys and girls to marry girls." The consequence should they be kept apart? "...they'll be sad forever." In addition, the young advocate asked that Abbott not cut funding to, and effectively shut down, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company).

Sabrina-FrancoThe Star Observer reports:

Sabrina penned the letter, complete on Disney princess paper  (pictured below), after learning about how her mother’s friends Lukas Picton and Greg Stone went to New York, USA, to get married because it wasn’t legal or recognised in Australia...

The letter reads:

“Dear Tony Abbott,

Don’t get rid of the ABC because we love it. And let boys marry boys and girls marry girls if they love each other or they’ll be sad forever.

Thank-you.

Sabrina.”

Picton, one of the two men who got married in New York, thought the letter was inspired.  

Not only does Sabrina have an excellent grasp of the English language for a four year-old, but she is also incredibly social aware,” he said.

“This letter really shows that prejudice and discrimination are engrained traits that we teach our children and that acceptance and understanding of equal love comes naturally to them.”

Prime Minister Abbott has yet to respond to Sabrina's letter. 

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  1. While I personally think this is all cute and pink, and endearing, that is because I agree with the sentiment. But it still feels somewhat exploitive.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Jan 23, 2014 7:16:51 AM


  2. I totally agree with dixichuk, Im super gay and 100% liberal, but is it necessary that kids get involve in a fight that only concern adults?, and this is a publicity stunt as good as any right wing propaganda, to me is a no no

    Posted by: MArk | Jan 23, 2014 7:50:45 AM


  3. Australia will never get gay marriage. It has a very conservative body politic.

    A lot of you don't realize this but, in Australia, the government gives taxpayers' money to religious private schools. These subsidies make these schools attractive. Many parents send their kids to these religious schools.

    Therefore, many of the poliiticians in the parliament in Australia have come through these religious schools, and thus retain the conservative, anti-gay beliefs fostered by religion.

    Australia's parliament is full of socially conservative politicians from both the Left and Right, partly because of this private religious school effect.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 23, 2014 8:05:01 AM


  4. @jason well as an australian who is gay and out in highschool having both to a public highschool and a catholic highschool (highschool being grades 8-12 at the time) i can say that the catholic school was far more gay friendly then the public school as in the catholic school they were very harsh on bullies and supported me whole heartedly. where as at the public school i was harassed into suicidal thoughts. say what you want least our conservatives here were the one's to introduce the gun reforms 15 years ago that america needed 15 years ago

    Posted by: timmadoro | Jan 23, 2014 9:06:17 AM


  5. @JASON,

    Well, Canada also has private Catholic schools as part of their education system, and many send their kids there, yet Canada has had marriage equality for many years now.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 23, 2014 9:15:41 AM


  6. @jason and @dixichuk

    Yes, why on earth would we want any children understanding civil rights or icky things like same sex equality.

    Why would it be less appropriate for a child to write this as opposed to say an anti-racist letter?

    I would hope that children are taught from a young age about equality, and I would be proud, not shamed, to have such children be able to express their understanding in such a clear manner.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jan 23, 2014 10:26:02 AM


  7. @jason and @dixichuk

    Yes, why on earth would we want any children understanding civil rights or icky things like same sex equality.

    Why would it be less appropriate for a child to write this as opposed to say an anti-racist letter?

    I would hope that children are taught from a young age about equality, and I would be proud, not shamed, to have such children be able to express their understanding in such a clear manner.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jan 23, 2014 10:26:24 AM


  8. @dixichuk and Mark. You may see a child who is being exploited, but I see a child whose parents are teaching her how to effectively express her opinions. I only wish there were many more children with parents like hers.

    Posted by: Howard B | Jan 23, 2014 12:23:33 PM


  9. Well Howard I wish kids could just be kids, without having to care about anything related to the adult world, you'll see I had a wonderfull childhood, and we played with bikes and insects, and writting a letter to express our descontent about gay rights or anything like that was laughable, I entered the arena at 14 with a knife in my teeth, and didn't needed a previous trainning sweety

    Posted by: MArk | Jan 23, 2014 1:11:43 PM


  10. Would you feel it was wrong if a child in the sixties asked the President to guarantee Black People the right to vote and to sign the Voting Rights Act?

    Posted by: Kim | Jan 23, 2014 2:38:43 PM


  11. It was adorable and sweet too me people really need too stop rationalizing why this isn't right its the same excuses over and over yet we fight for our rights WHY then?

    Ridiculous it shows this little girl is being raised in a very loving openminded househould and no one is saying this child cant be a child shes more then able too do so .

    Growing up with this kind of mindset as this adorable little girl has though is just really enlightened and open minded especially for a child as young as this little girl is.

    Bravo to her parents and to this sweetheart children are indeed our future their sweet little hearts are what this world is missing that kind of love.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 23, 2014 2:52:57 PM


  12. Children should be kept out of adult social and political discussions.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 23, 2014 4:25:23 PM


  13. “This letter really shows that prejudice and discrimination are ingrained traits that we teach our children and that acceptance and understanding of equal love comes naturally to them.”
    This may be partially true, but what if this young girl has been taught through Disney or even her family to accept gay marriage rather than her natural acceptability.. hmmm I guess the commentator did not find that possibility convenient :D

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 25, 2014 2:29:04 PM


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