NRL Legend Andrew Johns Supports Same-Sex Marriage


Andrew Johns

It might be an old photo but it has created a new wave of support for same-sex marriage.

Rugby league legend Andrew Johns shared a post on Instagram showing him locking lips with former Newcastle team-mate Billy Peden.

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The light-hearted photo was captioned: “2 boys from Cessnock will be voting yes @billypeden13. Ha ha sorry bill.”

Peden played 190 games for the Newcastle Knights and won two premierships, in 1997 and 2001, with superstar Andrew Johns.

In less than 12 hours, the post received more than 3500 likes and a string of comments, mostly supportive.

2 boys from Cessnock will be voting yes @billypeden13. Ha ha sorry bill

A post shared by Andrew Johns (@ajohns74) on

Only a week ago, Wallaby Israel Folau sparked a Twitter backlash by revealing he would not support the push for same-sex marriage.

He tweeted: “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.”

Numerous sporting organisations, including the Australian Rugby Union, have joined the NRL, Cricket Australia and Football Federation Australia in supporting the ‘Yes’ campaign.