The youngest daughter of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been vocal in the past week about her support for same-sex marriage, but this morning took it to a new level, appearing in a video for the ‘yes’ campaign.
In the video filmed for Australian Marriage Equality which was released Tuesday morning, Frances Abbott speaks of her desire to see her aunt able to legally marry her partner.
Her aunt, Liberal Councillor and Tony Abbott’s sister, Christine Forster, is in a long-term relationship with a woman, Virginia Edwards.
Despite his sister’s sexuality, the former PM and staunch Catholic has been actively campaigning against sam-sex marriage.
Earlier in the campaign, he expressed concern that making same-sex marriage legal will impede people’s rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and said plans to give everyone the right to marry whomever they love is just another ploy in political correctness.
His daughter clearly disagrees.
“I look at Aunty Chris and I don’t think she planned to fall in love with Virginia,” the 26-year-old personal trainer said in the video.
“It just happened.”
“To see Aunty Chris marry Virginia, to do it there in front of friends and family, it would be so special and I’m so, so hoping that’s what I get to be a part of.”
Abbott went on to say that despite her father’s very public opposition to same-sex marriage, Forster still participates in family life, is at Christmas, and family barbecues, and Forster’s children are still Abbott’s cousins.
“This is why it really just doesn’t make sense to me that it’s not allowed,” she said.
“I think it would make society a much better place.”
While it’s difficult to imagine what a family dinner with such differing opinions would be like, Abbott suggested that her father wouldn’t be offended by her opposing views.
“My mother and father raised me to stand up for what I believe in,” she said.