Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and his
boyfriend Ryan Channing are calling on Australians to support an
upcoming vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
Thorpe, who came out in 2014, has been
a strong supporter of marriage equality.
In the 49-second video, Thorpe claims
that he can update his electoral details on a smartphone in less time
than it takes for Channing to swim 100 meters.
“If you support marriage equality,
you need to enroll to vote or update your details by midnight August
says in the video. “You can do that online.”
Of course, Thorpe finishes before
Channing reaches the edge of the pool.
“Every Australian should have the
right to take the plunge with the person they love,” Channing says
when he emerges from the water.
Australia's governing Liberal Party
earlier this month pushed for a postal vote on same-sex marriage
after blocking an effort to allow its members a conscience vote on a
bill that would extend marriage rights to gay couples. The postal
vote, however, is non-binding, which means it is only an opportunity
for the public to be included in the debate.
According to a poll conducted for The
Australian, 63 percent of Australians said they will vote “yes”
and 67 percent said they are planning to participate in the vote.