October 15, 2012

Australia: Rugby Player David Peacock Wont Marry Until Gays Can


Australian rugby player and straight ally, David Pocock, reiterates his stance he made last year that he won’t marry his partner, Emma, until gays have the same rights in Australia. Same-sex marriage is a hot topic, which is currently being debated in parliament Down Under.
So eloquent and charismatic, Pocock is so proud of his support of gay rights which he talked passionately on the Australian talk show ‘Q&A’, challenging John Alexander, a former tennis great and now member of parliament for the Liberal Party, which opposes same-sex marriage.
“The biggest thing in this debate is that we’re dealing with people here,” said Pocock. “And how can you blame someone for what they are? People don’t choose their sexuality and we marginalize the LGBTI 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. And in my mind, that’s marriage for everyone. We’ve moved forward on so many issues and this is the next progression.”
Alexander said that his party would not be changing its views, which drew a nice response from Pocock:
“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.”

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