Australian rugby hunk David Pocock has revealed he won’t marry his girlfriend until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.
Australian rugby player David Pocock has announced that he won’t marry his girlfriend until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia. A similar opinion was once expressed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but after their engagement earlier this year it seems that they couldn’t wait much longer.
Appearing on a TV show down under to discuss LGBT sports and LGBT rights, Pocock argued against John Alexander, a former tennis-champion-turned-member-of-Parliament for the Liberal Party which opposes marriage equality.
In response to Alexander revealing that his party would not change their stance, Pocock said, ‘The biggest thing in this debate is that we’re dealing with people here. How can you blame someone for what they are?’
He went on to argue that, ‘people don’t choose their sexuality and we marginalise the LGBT community for what they are. I think that this is a conversation that needs to be had and that needs to be discussed compassionately and actually come to something that’s reasonable.’
‘In my mind, that’s marriage for everyone. We’ve moved forward on so many issues and this is the next progression.’
John Alexander retorted by joking, ‘We… had this flippant conversation, [and said] maybe we should institute a gay marriage for women and call it a ‘Navratilova’, and possibly an ‘Alexander’ for gay men – not after me but Alexander the Great.’
The last word though came from the rugby corner, with Pocock saying, ‘A lot of gay people may not believe in the institution of marriage, but I believe it needs to be an option.
‘How can we be challenging homophobia when we’re saying. “You’re equal to me but you’re separate. I’ll go sign this [marriage] document here but you can go have your civil union,” which is the same, but not, really?’
The Australian Government is currently trying to bring in an early vote on marriage equality to clear it off the political agenda.