Ricky Martin is a well-loved celebrity in Australia, and his popularity as the newest coach to be appointed on The Voice Australia is only continuing to grow.
We know he’s been speaking out about contestants on Australia’s favourite reality talent show, but now he’s speaking out about another issue that’s close to this country’s heart – legalising same-sex marriage.
This week Ricky has claimed that marriage equality legislation is "inevitable" in Australia.
The Latin superstar has urged Australian Federal politicians to follow the lead of the New Zealand and French parliaments which passed laws validating same sex marriage in recent weeks.
41-year-old Ricky publicly came out as gay in 2010, and has a long-term partner and twin sons back in Puerto Rico.
He told news limited "In 10 years from now hopefully we'll be laughing about the fact we are talking about this. Justice for all is inevitable,"
"We are beings of love and unfortunately because of different codes the church has given us we started saying the way you feel is not right, it makes you evil. But look what's happening in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, France as of this week, New Zealand ...c'mon (Australia)."
He also added that legalisation of gay marriage is "not about faith, it's not about religion, it's about human rights. It's about me having the opportunity to look my sons in the eye and say 'this is my husband and this is our family.' It's about self esteem, it's about dignity, it's about respect',".
Ricky is supremely confident that this will happen for Australia, and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone when it happens.
He gushed "Oh my god, it will happen in Australia and I don't care where I am, I'm going to hop on a plane, go with you guys and celebrate."
Martin is expected to return to Sydney with his sons and partner Carlos Gonzales Abella, this week, ahead of filming of the next "showdown" phase of The Voice.
I guess if the State is your master or your God then you want it to recognise your intimate relationship.To me it's like asking McDonalds to recognise my marriage. The State means nothing to me. I'd rather keep the law and State out of my relationship so I'd say no do not legalise same sex marriage and repeal the Marriage Act so that no marriage is 'legalised'. Lets have equality for all and FREEDOM for all. Not everything we do has to be 'legalised'.
Posted by kerrinjb on 30 April 2013
I just want to add that all couples have the same rights in family and property law. There is no need for the State to register our intimate relationships. While this sounds like an honourable fight for a 'right' I'm just not so sure it is a right. It sounds like an obligation to me - a burden and an unecessary disclosure of personal information to the government. imo it's the wrong fight. We need to fight for our freedom from the State's interference in our lives. My view appears radical but we need very radical change because we are moving into a nanny state and we need to recognise the mechanisms of control that exist. If you don't have people breathing down your neck asking 'when are you going to legalise your relationship?' then you are free. Bask in your freedom and enjoy that you're the fish that got away. :)
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