Ian Thorpe has called on the Australian government to legalise marriage equality before this year’s Mardi Gras begins later this month.
He told News Corp he thinks the delay is “frustrating… because I actually think Australia is better than that.”
“When we look back at the reforms around civil unions, that was Australia kind of leading the way and we just haven’t really maintained that when it comes to marriage equality,” he said.
“I hope there’s a free vote in the parliament and I hope that it’s proposed before Mardi Gras.
“It’s a cause I really want to fight for. It will happen, I just want it to happen far more quickly than it is.”
Ian said it was an important issue “that could be resolved so quickly.”
“It’s really important because of the message it sends out to young people who may be struggling with their sexual identity,” he said.
“To be able to show them that they way they feel is equal to the way that anyone else feels about anyone else.”
ABC announced on Friday Ian will appear as host of the broadcaster’s controversial new documentary series “Bullied”, which was filmed in Queensland and shines a light on schoolyard bullying using hidden camera footage.
Ian posted a photo to Instagram in November of and his partner, model Ryan Channing, wearing rainbow t-shirts from the Equality Campaign.
The Equality Campaign recently launched a new advertising campaign featuring Australian workers including a nurse, a firefighter, a lifesaver and a soldier, all questioning the delay on marriage equality.