Punk Icon Henry Rollins Has Some Thoughts On Australia's Marriage Equality Debate

"Let two men get married. You'll wake up tomorrow morning, everything will be fine."

Last year, when the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal, gay rights advocates around the world celebrated the decision. The road to equal rights for gay Americans was a long and arduous one, and it's a struggle that our friends Down Under are currently mired in.

Australia recognizes same-sex unions, but gay couples cannot wed. The issue is under fiery debate on the streets and in parliament alike.

Recently, one of America's most notable punk icons weighed in on the issue. Henry Rollins of Black Flag, who is an ardent supporter of gay rights, was on local news show The Project when co-host Carrie Bickmore asked why he thinks Australia "can't get there" on legalizing gay marriage.

Rollins responded:

I love your country very much. You have a beautiful patch of land and Australians I've met are just amazing. This marriage inequality flap you're having is below your country, it is below your conversation. You should just get rid of it — let two men get married. You'll wake up tomorrow morning, everything will be fine.  This is really below the intellectual quotient of the conversation Australia should be having now and forever. It really is below you.

He also pointed to those who have fought and still are fighting against gay marriage in the U.S.

"It makes you look bad," Rollins said. "In my country, those people hate two men getting married... makes my country look bad. You should squash it and move on. As fast as you can."


Watch the full video here.

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