Ian Thorpe — a five-time gold medal winning swimmer — and his model boyfriend Ryan Channing just filmed a super cute PSA. The video urges Australians to update their personal information to make sure they’re included for an important survey deciding the future of marriage equality in the island nation.
Recently, Australia decided to conduct a country-wide survey gauging citizens’ feeling about same-sex marriage, but the survey and its potential results are being challenged by a wide-range of political factions.
Politicians in Australia’s Senate have repeatedly shot down attempts to hold a referendum on equal marriage. In 2016, the Liberal Party was re-elected with a promise that they would let voters decide on same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
However, the vote was blocked, and the result could have technically been ignored by lawmakers anyway. The government is now going to hold a plebiscite to gauge public opinion on the issue.
The heads of the Australian Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Rainbow Families, two pro-LGBTQ groups, have announced their intention to challenge the legality of the postal survey, stating the government and the ABS may have overstepped their executive authority in conducting such a plebiscite without parliamentary approval.
The country’s High Court has agreed to hear the case on Sept. 4 and 5, 2017. Whether their lawsuit goes through or not, the results of the postal survey will still send a clear signal to the Parliament about the will of the Australian people — which could either affirm or deny the rights of LGBTQ Australians to marry whomever they love.
Thorpe unveiled a new video with his hunky boyfriend, model Ryan Channing, in a bid to get people to update their electoral details so they can show their support for same-sex marriage.
In the clever video, Thorpe reminds those watching that have to enroll or update their information before August 24. To show how easy it is, Thorpe challenges that he can update his details faster than his boyfriend can swim 100 meters.
His boyfriend then adds: “Every Australian should have the right to take the plunge with the person they love.”