TV judges advocate for change
Ricky Martin and Greg Louganis both advocate for same-sex marriage in Australia.
Ricky Martin, Greg Louganis and Matthew Mitcham all appear on screen this week.
Former US diver Greg Louganis, 53, is a judge on Seven’s Celebrity Splash -and must be one of the few celebrities on Australian television to be open about being HIV positive.
”I thought I’d be six feet under by now,” he tells Fairfax today.
”Back in ’88 we thought of HIV as a death sentence. To be here 25 years later, I’m doing quite well. To be doing a show about diving, it’s amazing.”
He has also shared his thoughts on the gay marriage debate in Australia.
”It just seems like it should be a non-issue,” he said, then jokes: ”All my married friends say, ‘yeah they should have the misery of marriage and divorce [as well]’.
”You know what, give it to us.”
Legalising gay marriage would also boost the economy, he said. ”Do you know how much the wedding planners would be making on a gay wedding? Oh my god!”
Meanwhile The Voice‘s Ricky Martin also advocates for same-sex marriage.
Martin, 41, is the father of twin sons. He went public on his sexuality in 2010 and now celebrates the change to marriage that has recently taken place in New Zealand and France.
He tells News Limited today, “In 10 years from now hopefully we’ll be laughing about the fact we are talking about this. Justice for all is inevitable.”
“We are beings of love and unfortunately because of different codes the church has given us we started saying the way you feel is not right, it makes you evil. But look what’s happening in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, France as of this week, New Zealand …c’mon (Australia),” he said.
He said the legal recognition was “not about faith, it’s not about religion, it’s about human rights. It’s about me having the opportunity to look my sons in the eye and say ‘this is my husband and this is our family.’ It’s about self esteem, it’s about dignity, it’s about respect’.”