Olivia Newton-John Comes Out—For Marriage Equality In Australia

Aussie superstar Olivia Newton-John has come out in support of marriage equality.  The singer/actress, who has been a friend to gay causes for years, is now officially on the record in support of gay marriage in Australia, joining other Down Under celebs like Hugh Jackman.

In a statement released Sunday, Newton-John said, “I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment. Love is love.”

Love is love—sounds like the title for a hit single?

The Labor Party, which is in power in Australia, has been trying to pass same-sex marriage legislation but Prime Minister Julia Gillard is against it, claiming “that marriage being between a man and woman ‘has a special status.’” Maybe ONJ can use a little of her celebrity “magic” to make it happen?

Photos: Leahshia Gaston, GDC graphics

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  • Triple S

    If you’re not Australian and you haven’t heard Gillard, go onto YouTube. She sounds ridiculous. She’s the worst Prime Minister Australia has ever had. She’s like the Australian version of Obama (kind of).

  • Robert in NYC

    No. 2, at least Obama has said he’s “evolving” on the issue. Gillard will be outnumbered over time. Washington State in the U.S. is poised to legalize it. Denmark legalizes it in March, Scotland has just concluded it’s marriage equality consultation and England begins its own in March 2012. The tide is turning in our favor, inevitable.

  • Global Traveler

    I was in Sydney recently, and being a typical American, knew nothing about politics beyond our own borders. Apparently in the last election, neither major party had the votes for PM, so a third party (the Green party) got to decide. Apparently no one in Australia likes her, at least no one that I spoke to. She seems to be universally derided.

  • Mike UK

    she’s against everything! she’s basically begging the Queen to die so she can make it a republic, surprised she actually got the job considering she wasn’t born in Australia!

  • Alan brickman

    As usual Olivia’s totatlly hot….lets see more athletes come out for marriage equality…they know the gays love em….

  • Robert in NYC

    @Mike UK: Neither was Olivia, lol.

  • Rainfish2000

    “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” Illinois State Sen. Obama said in an answer to a 1996 “Outlines” newspaper question on marriage — before he became a lying, backstabbing, spineless weasel as President.

    @ No. 3 · Robert in NYC — Actually, it sounds more like Obama “devolved” rather than “evolved”. Yep, Australia has its Commander and Chief A-hole, and we have Obama. What little difference a hemisphere makes.

  • Mousemess

    Dennis Kucinich was the only US presidential candidate to openly support USA marriage equality. Anyone who didn’t vote for him in the Democratic primary elections back then when he was running for US president have only themselves to blame.

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