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 New Zealand Herald that he and his fiancee Emma won't wed until their gay friends can.

“I don't see what the big deal is with the whole gay marriage debate in Australia,” Pocock said. “Being brought up in a Christian home and still identifying as Christian, I get 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.

Pocock's remarks were cheered by gay marriage supporters.

“David Pocock's strong support for equality will have a dramatic impact in a sport-mad nation like Australia,” Australian Marriage Equality National Convener Alex Greenwich said in a statement. “David's stance also sends out the message that marriage equality is a reform Christians can and should support.”