Frances Abbott has continued her public support for the ‘Yes’ campaign by appearing in a short-and-sweet video for AU Marriage Equality.
Abbott, who is the daughter of former Prime Minister and leading ‘No’ advocate Tony Abbott, said her viewpoint was largely based on the experience of her aunt Christine Forster.
“I look at Aunty Chris and I don’t think she planned to fall in love with Virginia,” Abbott said, referencing Forster’s same-sex relationship with partner Virginia Edwards.
Describing their relationship as, well, totally normal, Abbott said “this is why it really just doesn’t make sense to me that it’s not allowed.”
“To see Aunty Chris marry Virginia, to do it here in front of friends and family, it would be so so special, and I’m hoping that’s what I get to be a part of.”
Discussing the opposing viewpoints within her family – and that’s really an understatement, here – Abbott said “my mother and father raised me to stand up for what I believe in.”
The video comes after Abbott posted an Instagram photo showcasing a ‘Vote Yes’ shirt and all of the pro-equality hashtags you could possibly wish for.
Will the latest message from Frances Abbott radically alter her father’s public stance? Unlikely. But it does suggest that when power eventually cedes to today’s young guns, we might not be subjected to such damaging debates over granting Aussies equal rights.