This is one pretty incredible 11 year old.
Australian Orlando Burcham recently penned a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot asking the politician why his two moms were not allowed to get married in Australia. The letter is both intense and heartfelt, and truly comes from a place of love for the two women who raised him.
The letter reads,
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.
Because the majority of Australians are happily married, so why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country?
My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well. You have actually met my mum Councillor Cordelia Troy who is a member of the Liberal Party and she was deputy major at the time.
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.
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.
Shortly after sending his letter to the Prime Minister, Burcham received a response -- albeit not necessarily the one that he wanted. In his message, Abbot notes that he recognizes and appreciates the “deep feelings that many in the community have on either side of the issue... [but] my personal position is to support the existing definition of marriage."
This isn't the first time a child has penned a letter to the Australian government to call into question the country's position on marriage equality. Earlier this year a four-year-old girl also wrote to Abbot -- on Disney Princess stationary -- urging the politician to let same-sex couples marry one another.