MUCH loved Aussie actor Anthony LaPaglia has weighed in on the same-sex marriage debate, saying Australia’s “in trouble”.
The film and TV star is behind the push for marriage equality and is likely to be asked about the issue while he promote his latest movie, the screen adaptation of gay activist Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding The Man.
LaPaglia plays the father of a high school Australian rules player who started a 15-year relationship with Conigrave when they attended a Melbourne all-boys school in the 70s.
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“If the United States beats Australia to making gay marriage legal, you’re in trouble,” LaPaglia told AAP.
“It says a lot about the current administration here.”
Labor supports gay marriage but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not granted his party a free vote on the issue.
“Denying people their rights is like trying to fight your way against a rip tide,” LaPaglia said.
A cross-party bill to legalise gay marriage will be introduced to the federal parliament when it resumes on Tuesday.