Australian rugby star David Pocock has affirmed his vow to not get married until his fellow gay and lesbian citizens also have the right to do so.
Pocock, who is a committed Christian, is a flanker in the Australian national rugby team, the Wallabies.
In October last year, he said in an interview that he and his girlfriend Emma had “decided not to get legally married until our gay friends could do the same”.
In a recent episode of the Q&A Australian television show, the 24-year-old came out swinging for marriage equality once again, this time facing off against former tennis player and Liberal Party MP John Alexander.
In the debate, Pocock confirmed that he would not get married until same-sex marriage was legal in Australia. He also eloquently explained his position on the issue after Alexander said that his party still believed that marriage was between a man and a woman.
“The biggest thing in this debate is that we’re dealing with people here. And how can you blame someone for what they are? People don’t choose their sexuality and we marginalise the LGBTI community for what they are,” said Pocock.
“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.”
The sportsman went on to say: “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.”