Ian Thorpe calls for marriage equality free vote before Mardi Gras
Ian Thorpe has added his voice to the growing number of Australians who believe in equal love, as he makes plans to return to Australia to live with his partner, Perth-born model turned law student, Ryan Channing.
Speaking to news.com.au the Olympian suggested it was about time Australia’s politicians got with the program and legalised same-sex marriage. Thorpe suggested the nation was falling behind in the equality stakes.
“It’s frustrating,” he told news.com.au “Because I actually think Australia is better than that. When we look back at the reforms around civil unions … that was Australia kind of leading the way and we just haven’t really maintained that when it comes to marriage equality.
Thorpe, who has happily lent his name and face to the Say I Do Down Under marriage equality campaign, said his hope was that the Prime Minister would allow his party a free vote on the issue as soon as possible.
“I hope there’s a free vote in the parliament and I hope that it’s proposed before Mardi Gras. It’s a cause I really want to fight for. It will happen … I just want it to happen far more quickly than it is.
“It’s such an important issue that could be resolved so quickly, In one essence it’s really important because of the message it sends out to young people who may be struggling with their sexual identity. To be able to show them that they way they feel is equal to the way that anyone else feels about anyone else. That’s why I think it’s important.”