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This gay man proves in a simple letter how spineless anti-marriage equality voters are

This gay man proves in a simple letter how spineless anti-marriage equality voters are

Inspiring letter in The Age

Australia’s debate and upcoming postal survey on marriage equality is getting seriously heated. So much so that last week lawmakers introduced a rule making it illegal to ‘vilify’ LGBTI and religious people.

However, people are still speaking their mind and standing up for what they believe in.

Last week,Β senator Matt Canavan told marriage equality supporters to ‘grow a spine’. He also said they should ‘stop being delicate little flowers and have a proper debate’.

His comments drew immediate criticism but one person’s backlash in particular is going viral.

Yesterday, Mark Pesce posted a letter sent into the Australian newspaper The Age on Twitter. It’s a gay man’s address to Canavan’s remarks, shutting them down precisely and effectively.

So far the tweet has nearly 5,000 likes and over 2,000 re-tweets.

Another user posted the same letter with attribution, but it hasn’t gotten the same amount of traffic.

Titled This is a spine, below is the letter in its entirety:

Matt Canavan, I’m sorry that you feel that some gay people and their supporters need to ‘grow a spine’ and stop being ‘delicate little flowers’ and I’m so glad you are able to ignore the vile tweets and statements from the ‘yes’ campaign.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to ignore the following: My first intimacy was illegal.

My boss said ‘backs to the wall’ upon my entering a work meeting (in the ’70s) much to the amusement of the staff. I’ve been pushed down a flight of stairs because I’m gay. My partner suffered a fractured eye socket because he is gay.

I had a close friend killed in Fitzroy Gardens for holding hands with his partner.

Those experiences (and many more) over the past 60 years have given me a spine and I am not a delicate flower. I’m just someone who wants to be treated just as equally under the law as my heterosexual friends, parents and brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.

Encouraging responses to the letter

By and large, many people have responded positively to the letter. Some are sharing their own experience with discrimination, while others praise the community’s resilience.