This is the emotional moment a 104-year-old Australian man reveals why he is supporting gay marriage in his country’s referendum. For widower Alex, the decision was simple.
His grandson Paul is gay, and Alex wants him to be able to find love and get married, just like Alex did with Betty, who died in 2009. Speaking in a video for Australia’s Yes campaign, the pair revealed how Paul emailed his ‘pa’ asking about his intentions for the postal vote. Alex replied: ‘Dear Paul, the answer is yes’.
Alex said: ‘Having lived through 104 years, you accept people as they are. ‘What I can’t understand is what all the fuss and commotion is about. They are human beings like ourselves, and so they should have the same rights and privileges as ourselves.’ Paul added: ‘When my mum told my pa that I was gay, his first reaction was, ‘well I knew since the boy was 16!’
104 year old Alex voted YES for his grandson Paul.
Pa Alex was married for 45 years, and believes his grandson should have the same right. pic.twitter.com/fGxOnEfTxc
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) October 30, 2017
‘A couple of weeks ago I sent my pa an email, because of course all 104-year-olds are on email, and I asked him how he felt about the same sex marriage survey. ‘He got back to me straight away, and his first line was, ‘dear Paul, the answer is yes.’
‘That meant so much to me. Just to see those words and to know that, that’s how he felt.’ Forms for the postal vote were sent out in September but are still eligible to be received. The vote will be made public on November 15.