Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) publicly pledge its support to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country. The organization signed a corporate-led campaign launched by the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality.
NRL Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young said: "One of the NRL’s core values is inclusiveness and we have put in place practices and policies to support and recognize the rights of our LGBTI community. Accordingly, the NRL supports marriage equality".
Echoing her views, British-born rugby star Thomas Burgess, who plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, spoke out on why he supported LGBTI rights: "It’s ignorant and old-fashioned to think if you’re male you can only love a female. Nowadays, anyone can love anyone. And people just need to get over it".
Burgess said that when he and his brothers were children, their parents were good friends with a lesbian couple, to the extent that the boys referred to them as ‘aunties’. "We always thought it was normal. They were really helpful in our growing up and we loved them", he added.
Watch the Burgess brothers video below: