Sia calls for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Australia
Pop star Sia has called for same-sex marriage to become legal in Australia amid a controversial battle to let same-sex couples say ‘I do’.
Taking to Facebook, the ‘Unstoppable’ singer wrote: “Team Sia supports marriage equality for everyone! Say I Do Down Under.”
Included in the post was Sia’s muse and Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, and other members of Sia’s team.
True to form, the Australian singer did not show her face in the post, which is usually obscured by a long wig, especially during public performances.
The Australian government has proposed holding a public vote on same-sex marriage in February 2017.
The country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants to put the issue at a public vote at a cost of $200 million – despite opponents saying the move is unnecessary and expensive.
One fan responded on Facebook to say: “Amazing!! We are so thankful that you are using your platform to show support for causes like this, regardless of all the comments saying it won’t help. Every bit of support helps a kid who is being let down by this upcoming plebiscite.”
Another said: “I feel like the only people who don’t support it, are like the 10 people in government & they’re the ones stopping it…”
Earlier this week, in a similar move to many American celebrities who did the same, Kylie Minogue pledged not to marry her fiancé Joshua Sasse until all Australians are allowed to marry.
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In a surprise twist earlier this year, an Australian church leader broke with the pack to say Christians who feel in their conscience that they should vote in favour of same-sex marriage should do so.
The Prime Minister said that he could not just hold a parliamentary vote on equal marriage because “he is not a dictator” – so a public vote is being held.
Labor has criticised the move calling it expensive and pointless. The vote is estimated to cost $160 million of taxpayers money, or as much as half a billion dollars, according to estimates by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The liberal party remains divided on equality issues and Turnbull himself has been a vague supporter of equal marriage.
He previously came under fire for removing LGBT content from a sex education campaign.