Rugby star David Pocock says he won't marry until Australia legalizes gay marriage.

Pocock, the 23-year-old Western Force and Wallabies openside flanker, told The Sun-Herald Extra that he and his fiancee Emma Palandri won't wed until their gay friends can.

“More than 60 per cent of Australians are in favor of same-sex marriage, so it just doesn't make sense to stop it from happening,” Pocock said. “For a lot of Christians, it's a big issue and I know there's a lot of people who don't share the same opinion as me. It comes down to equal love. I don't think it's the government's role to tell people that their love is right or wrong.”

In a previous interview, Pocock said he gets “pretty annoyed with the Christian lobbies around the world who say gay marriage destroys the family and that kind of rubbish.”

“I guess it is fear of the unknown – if you talk to someone who doesn't like gay people you can almost guarantee that they don't know too many.”

“Emma and I decided not to get legally married until our gay friends could do the same,” Pocock added.