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Ian Thorpe joins campaign for marriage equality

12 August 2017 10:15 PM
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Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has joined the campaign pushing for same-sex marriage in Australia, saying it will remove layers of discrimination.

A voluntary postal vote on the issue will be held next month after the government's preferred compulsory plebiscite was rejected for a second time by the Senate, but the High Court will also hear two legal challenges to the plan just days before ballots are mailed out.

"The reason why it's personally important for me is the message it sends to a young me - that the way that I felt is equal to the way anyone else feels," Thorpe said on Sunday.


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