WHY KYLIE STOPPED PUSHING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
A vocal campaigner for marriage equality in Australia, Kylie Minogue worried that celebrity support for the bill to allow same-sex couples to marry would taint the public postal survey.
She says that as the vote approached, she “pulled back”, to avoid putting people off voting “yes”, given the rallying from celebrities including Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and Ellen de Generes.
“Most people were just over it, even if you were really passionate about it,” she says. “I have a friend who’s been in a relationship with the same guy for 30 years. His mother said, ‘Oh, I am just so over it all,’ and it was kind of reaching that stage.
“I was in London when the marriage equality announcement came through. I was going, please, please, please. The closer it got to the end of the postal ballot, I was worried that having more and more and more celebrities [supporting it] might backfire, and so I kind of pulled back a little bit.
“I was thinking of Hillary Clinton having all that star power on her side and people thinking this is a no-brainer [yet she lost the US Presidential election] – part of me worried that would happen. So when the yes vote came through, I was so happy.”