Steve Mortimer was one of rugby league’s great legends on the field and it appears he is a bit of a legendary dad off the field too as he proudly stood by his son Matt’s side as he and his husband committed to one another at a ceremony in Orange, NSW.
Matt and his husband Jason were recently married in Chicago where the couple live but returned home to Australia to offer each other their vows in front to Matt’s family and friends.
Father Steve, who captained the Cantebury Bulldogs and NSW State of Origin sides in the 1980s, told Fairfax media that he is extremely happy that his son has found someone wonderful to share his life with.
“His mother and I love him as we love his brother Andrew and sister Erin. When I look at him and Jason, I’m happy to think he’s met an incredibly decent person … a great person … who loves him.”
Mortimer says accepting a gay son was not an issue for him or his wife Karen who is a prominent theatre director.
“Having Karen work in theatre meant I met a lot of nice people who were friends of my wife and they happened to be gay,” he said. “Getting to know them made me a better person.”
After the ceremony, Matt Mortimer told Fairfax that he always knew that he would have his dad’s support.
“Even though I didn’t come out until I was 22 or 23, I knew deep down I’d never have a problem with dad because all he’s ever wanted is for his children to be good people,” Mr Mortimer said.