Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances Abbott has officially endorsed the “Yes” campaign for marriage equality in a new video.
In the video released on Tuesday, the 26-year-old speaks about how much she would like to be a part of her aunty Chris’s wedding – Liberal Councillor Christine Forster – and how her opinion on the issue differs from her conservative father, a leading “No” vote campaigner
“I think it would make society a much better place. Less fear of discrimination, fear of isolation and loneliness. It has to change, and it will change,” she says in the video.
“I think it’s well known that within my family we have people that sit on the other side of the fence. My mother and my father raised me to stand up for what I believe in.”
She says she hopes to be a part of her aunty Chris’ wedding – referring to Liberal Councillor Christine Forster – and says she and partner Virginia Edwards’ falling in love “just happened”.
“It never really changed anything. She was still Aunty Chris. She’s still going to be at Christmas, she’s still going to be at the family barbecues, her children are still my cousins,” she says.
“This is why it really just doesn’t make sense to me that it’s not allowed.
“Love just happens sometimes and it’s unexpected, that’s kind of what’s the awesome thing about it.”
A week ago, Frances showed her support for marriage equality in an Instagram photo of her wearing a “Vote Yes” T-shirt.
“I posted that picture on Instagram to show this is what I think is right,” she says in the video.
“In my post I said I’m not into politics, but this it more than politics. What this comes down to is love.”