Sasse, Dolly Parton & Minogue launch the Say I Do Down Under campaign (Instagram)
Australian-born pop star Kylie Minogue won’t marry her fiancé, English actor Joshua Sasse, until her home country has full marriage equality.
Sasse has helped launch the “Say I Do Down Under” campaign in favour of same-sex marriage in Australia, ahead of a planned plebiscite on the issue. The campaign is also backed by Minogue and a host of other celebrities.
Speaking to Australia’s Seven Network, Sasse said that while he and Minogue hope to have a wedding in Melbourne, “we will not get married until this law has passed in Australia”.
Sasse explained that he was astounded that same-sex marriage is still not allowed in the country.
“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,” he said.
Sasse, 28, and Minogue, 48, announced their engagement in February. The singer, who has sold over 80 million records, has a huge global gay fan base and has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community.
Now-divorcing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once took a similar stance on marriage equality. In 2009, they vowed to not get married until same-sex marriage was legalised in the US, but broke their promise when they tied the knot in 2014. (Same-sex marriage only became legal nationwide in June 2015.)
The Australian government recently introduced a contentious bill to put in place a national poll or plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage.
If the bill is approved, the plebiscite would take place in February next year. LGBT groups are opposed to the poll as they believe that human rights should not be based on public opinion, that it will be waste of taxpayers’’ money and will create more division in Australia.