Although marriage equality is now a thing in the U.S., it's sometimes easy to forget that there are still other countries where people are fighting for same-sex marriage rights. One of those countries where same-sex couples cannot legally marry is Australia.
As the fight to for marriage equality in their country intensifies, many Australian celebrities are taking a stand on this issue. This week, Australian singer and actress Kylie Minogue announced that she won't tie the knot with her fiancé Joshua Sasse until after marriage equality is the law.
The 48-year-old recording artist confirmed the decision on Twitter:
Sasse, a British actor and activist, had been extremely vocal about his support for marriage equality in the past. He even launched the Say I Do Down Under campaign directed at rallying support for same-sex couples.
"When I found out that gay marriage was illegal in Australia, I was astounded," Sasse said recently to Australia's Seven Network. "I simply can't fathom on any level, whether it's moral or religious or anything, that I have the right to get married and to marry the person that I love and that somebody else doesn't because of their sexual orientation."
Fans on Twitter praised Minogue and Sasse's decision to wait on their marriage.
While same-sex couples in Australia are not allowed to wed, that could change in a matter of months. Parliament is considering holding a national public vote in February that would change the law to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say they would only support a change in the law if there was a pubic vote on the issue.
While many marriage equality activists welcome the opportunity to change the law, some people in the LGBT community worry that a public vote on the issue would facilitate a national debate that could include some harmful rhetoric.
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