Dear Mark Coulton, MP for the Parkes Federal Electorate

By | 2011/08/24

Hi Mark,

I grew up in Parkes, and became aware I was gay at the age of 14. This was a very challenging time for me, being a closeted gay youth in a small country town. Nonetheless at times I was lucky enough to find acceptance, and I had hoped that others who followed me would have had an easier time.

So, I’ll be perfectly blunt – your opposition to same-sex marriage is narrow minded and clearly states that you and the Parkes electorate don’t want those people living in the region.

The only problem? Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Western World, and it’s estimated that at least 1 in 6 youths who commit suicide do so because of a lack of acceptance in society towards their sexuality.

Your opposition to same-sex marriage is nothing short of a disgrace, and tarnishes an electorate whose name derives from one of the founding fathers of this country.


Preston de Guise.