Another ally has joined the fight for marriage equality down under.
Paul Hogan, who you’ll probably recognise as the star of classic 80s movie Crocodile Dundee, appeared at the Tour de Cure Snow Ball event in Sydney over the weekend to raise awareness for cancer research.
But it wasn’t just helping to over $1.4 million for charity that was on Paul’s mind, as he also took the time to criticise the largely liberal country for failing to let same-sex couples get married.
“There is an opinion that Australians are more tolerant and more open, but you don’t have gay marriage here yet, do you?” he asked, according to the Sydney Herald. “Why not? Isn’t that stupid?”
The 77-year-old actor and comedian also blasted Australia’s controversial plan to hold a plebiscite on the issue.
“If gay people want to get married, we shouldn’t vote on it,” he said to a round of applause. “Just let them get married, for Christ’s sake.
“I don’t get it, homophobia, that means a fear. I’m not frightened of gay people, I like them, I don’t want to marry one, but I certainly don’t think it’s up to me on whether they should get married or not, that’s up to them.
“Australians need to learn to mind their own business.”
Paul’s comments come after former tennis legend Margaret Court announced she would no longer fly with Australian airline Qantas, as their openly gay CEO Alan Joyce is a fierce campaigner for marriage equality.
“I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible,” Margaret told The Australian.
Andy Murray, the world’s number one men’s tennis player, responded to her comments by speaking out in support of the LGBT+ community, arguing: “Everyone should have, in my opinion, the same rights.”
Paul and Andy aren’t the only ones to show support for equality in Australia, as Ben & Jerry’s recently banned customers from buying two scoops of the same flavour until same-sex couples can marry.
Last year, Kylie Minogue and her ex-fiance Joshua Sasse famously stated that they wouldn’t tie the knot until same-sex couples could do the same, and introduced the highly-publicised Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign.