An Australian kid just had the final say in the argument for same-sex marriage
A 12-year-old has given an amazing reason on why Australia should legalise same-sex marriage.
As the public vote on the issue gets going in Australia, young protester Max Townes took to the streets to voice his opinion.
And it was extremely influenced by Chris Hemsworth.
The actor, who plays Thor in Marvel’s massively popular cinematic universe, has spoken out about the public vote on equal marriage in Australia.
Speaking last month, he said: “Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving Aussies.
“Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone!
“Vote now for marriage equality,” the star added.
And it seems that he has attracted some extremely enthusiastic fans.
Young fan Max took to the streets holding a placard and was captured on camera by his mum Megan Townes (@townesy77).
The mother and son often post cute photos on Twitter and Instagram and share their escapades with the world.
Max even has fans. One wrote on Instagram: “Couldn’t love your kid more!!! Just read the article online about this star. What an articulate, humorous, caring individual…….Max, I don’t know you, but you’re officially my hero! ……..you have made my day & give me how in our future!”
But Max’s latest placard is a stroke of pure genius – and relates directly to Chris Hemsworth.
“All I want is the right to marry Chris Hemsworth,” Max wrote on his placard.
“You’ve got five years until I’m 18 Australia! You too Chris!”
The picture of Max was shared on Twitter by his mother, Megan Townes, who wrote: “All he wants to do is marry @chrishemsworth #VoteYes #marriageequality.”
Max told GSN: “I like Chris Hemsworth because he’s got a great jawline…and Thor!”
But he added: “I know that I’m not actually going to marry Chris Hemsworth.
“It was a fun sign to draw attention to a serious matter.”
The kid, who turns 13 in November, continued: “I decided to march on Sunday because I think it’s fair that all Australians have the right to marry if they choose to.
“I have LGBTI friends and family and think they should be able to marry if they choose to. I marched for human rights.”
He explained: “It’s a matter close to my heart.
“It’s frustrating that the government hasn’t made the decision themselves and the LGBTI community is now exposed to nasty comments that question our existence.
“I marched for the people who couldn’t.”
Last month saw the last date that voters could register or update their details in Australia ahead of the vote, with ballots beginning to be posted out this week.
Ahead of the deadline, Equality Campaign ambassadors Ian Thorpe and Ryan Channing released a video urging all Australian supporters of marriage equality to register and update their electoral details so that they can vote ‘Yes’.
Equality has a lead in the polls, but as the voting method is untested, campaigners are urging people to do all they can to get out the vote before the deadline.
Alex Greenwich from the Equality Campaign said: “Australians only have hours left to enrol and update their details to be able to vote for their gay and lesbian friends, family members, colleagues and team mates.
“Supports of marriage equality must make sure they don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in making history and joining the millions of Australians ready to celebrate fairness and equality.”
Executive director of the Equality Campaign Tiernan Brady said: “Every Australian who supports fairness and equality for all must make sure they and their friends are updated and enrolled.
“Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians, but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many.”
Ahead of the vote there has been a surge in homophobic hate speech in the country, with leaflets distributed in Sydney bearing the slogan ‘stop the fags’ and linking gay people to ‘child predators’.
The ‘Coalition for Marriage’ has recently put out materials suggesting that letting gay couples marry will deprive children of a normal childhood and make them transgender.
Meanwhile, leading politicians have brandished the slogans ‘it’s Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve’ and compared gay weddings to marrying the Eiffel Tower.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently defended the vote despite the string of incidents, responding by telling people to hug their gay friends.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has been harshly critical of the PM for pushing ahead with a postal vote.
He said: “There will be no protection against ballot fraud, electoral bribery, intimidation, interfering with the electoral roll or publishing misleading and deceptive material.
“[The Prime Minister] is giving his blessing to billboards, websites, pamphlets, TV advertising and online material that will vilify and demean LGBTI Australians and their children.
“We know this bile will end up in the playground, in the schoolyard and on the sporting field.
“The slogans will be shouted at the children of same-sex couples. Young people who are gay will be confronted by it on social media every day.
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“I loathe the trolls and the haters but I expected more from the Prime Minister.
“I hold the Prime Minister responsible for every hurtful bit of filth this debate will unleash.
“That is not because the Prime Minister has said it, not because the Prime Minister agrees with it — he clearly doesn’t — but because the Prime Minister has licensed this debate.
“You are the leader, Mr Turnbull; you have given permission.
“I will never hold you in the same light again. I hold the Prime Minister responsible and Australians will too.”