Peter de Waal and Peter (Bon) Bonsall-Boone have been together for 50 years. You’d be hard pressed these days to find a heterosexual couple who could boast such an achievement. The only difference between them and their straight counterparts is, they aren’t allowed to marry.
2 years ago, Bon was diagnosed with cancer and as you can imagine, it turned their world upside down.
At the time Bon was only given 2 weeks to live. Now 2 years later, the couple are not only fighting cancer, but Australia’s Equality Laws.
“We’ve been second class citizens for all of the 50 years we’ve been together,” Peter said.
“It would be absolutely wonderful if we could say one day ‘we are equal’,” he added.
Australia is in the midst of considering a nationwide ballot on the topic.
Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has reaffirmed his opposition to passing same-sex marriage without a public vote beforehand and has refused to permit a free Parliamentary vote on equal marriage despite 20 heads of some of Australia’s largest companies penning a letter to Turnbull urging him to allow a free vote on the issue in Parliament.
So, as their country fights to change laws, Pete and Bon will fight for their love, hand in hand.