Ending years of rumour and speculation, actress and comedian Magda Szubanski has exited the showbiz closet this Valentine’s Day morning to throw her support behind marriage equality.
The respected star of hit comedy series such as Fast Forward and Kath and Kim, and recently a face of Jenny Craig weight loss, has released this statement:
“I am 1000% in favour of gay marriage. We pay taxes, fight wars for this country, nurse you when you are sick, make you laugh, sing and dance for you, play netball for you, star in your movies, cook your meals, decorate your store windows and chances are gay people designed whatever it is you’re wearing,” she said.
“All Australians, including gay Australians, should have exactly the same rights including the right to love, marry and take care of our partners.
“The law as it stands means that you could be a serial killer and have killed all of your spouses and yet you would still be considered fit to marry. But if you are gay then you are not deemed to be worthy of these same rights.
“The law as it stands is unfair and it needs to be changed to reflect the wonderful, tolerant, live-and-let-live society Australians have created.”
Szubanski’s sexuality has been an open secret in acting circles for years, with media accepting that her personal life was off limits until she herself decided to come out publicly.
The 50-year-old Melbourne-based star was born in the northern England city of Liverpool, with her family moving to Australia when she was five.
Today she issued her coming out statement through the Australian Marriage Equality lobby group, joining several other Aussie film and music icons who have publicly supported marriage equality, including Gina Riley, Jane Turner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, Angry Anderson, Guy Pearce, David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Stephan Elliot and Lizzie Gardiner.
There are currently two Bills before Parliament which seek to change the Marriage Act to include same sex couples – catch up with the latest here.