WHY KYLIE STOPPED PUSH­ING FOR MAR­RIAGE EQUAL­ITY

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - COVER STORY -

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.”

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