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Australian Rugby Star David Pocock Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

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Australia rugby union player David Pocock has come out in support of marriage equality as that country is engaged in a major debate over legislation to enact it. Pocock, who plays for the Western Force and Wallabies, has spoken out for marriage equality, and says he and his partner Emma won't get "legally" married till everyone can.

The New Zealand Herald reports:

There is a certain depth of sincerity to Pocock which people gravitate to, and also characteristics that probably set him apart from the pack, or at least the stereotypical pack. For starters, there is his dedication to gay rights and other social and political issues. When he and partner Emma, an Australian, married last December, they used the opportunity to support their gay-marriage beliefs.

Pocock says: "I don't see what the big deal is with the whole gay marriage debate in Australia. 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 all that kind of rubbish. They claim to follow someone who always stood up for the oppressed and marginalised. I guess it is a 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. These are the prejudices that you have to challenge and break down. Emma and I decided not to get legally married until our gay friends could do the same."

Pocock is beautiful on both the inside and outside.

A couple tributes to Pocock including one that suggests he has the potential to become both an ally and pin-up in the mold of Ben Cohen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Despite the Australian government's resistance, I'd wager Australia will get marriage equality long before the United States does. Actually, I'd wager on quite a number of other countries beating the USA to the alter.

    "We're Number One," as Americans like to chant? Not bloody likely. And definitely not down under, mate.

    Posted by: K in VA | Oct 10, 2011 10:43:30 AM


  2. So Mr. Pocock, who MARRIED his WIFE this last December, won't WED until gay marriage is legal?

    I'm I the only one who is confused by this statement?

    Anyway, I appreciate the support from this man, whatever his marital status.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 10, 2011 10:59:43 AM


  3. @TAMPAZEKE

    He wasn't legally married. I imagine like many LGBT people he and his wife had a ceremony without any of that pesky official paperwork with all those annoying rights.

    Posted by: MattCA181 | Oct 10, 2011 11:13:54 AM


  4. The theocratic state of America will be among the last to allow gay people to marry uniformly--perhaps right before Saudi Arabia and Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Posted by: nick | Oct 10, 2011 11:36:45 AM


  5. A delightful photo of the appropriately named Mr. Pocock taken from the corner of "Oh" and "Woof" streets...

    Posted by: Rad | Oct 10, 2011 12:27:10 PM


  6. He's actually from Zimbabwe but his family emigrated to Australia in 2002.

    He was the man of the match in the Wallabies 11-9 win over the Springboks just the other day at Rugby World Cup quarterfinals. He recorded 26 tackles. Australia coach Robbie Deans labelled Pocock's performance as the best individual display of the 2011 tournament being held in New Zealand.

    His nickname is BamBam as he is 5'11" weighing a stout 220 lbs.

    Posted by: Charles Lemos | Oct 10, 2011 12:28:15 PM


  7. As it stands at the moment none of the major party leaders are in favour of absolute equality when it comes to marriage. The Labor party is the most likely to switch stances but eh...

    Posted by: luke | Oct 10, 2011 12:41:24 PM


  8. Not a bad looking fellow at all.

    Posted by: AdamK | Oct 10, 2011 12:57:51 PM


  9. @MATTCA181, then it should have read that he and his PARTNER, who were WED (not legal) in December, will not MARRY (legal) until gay marriage is legal.

    The original headline and story got it exactly backwards but it's been fixed now.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 10, 2011 1:00:52 PM


  10. BamBam indeed...

    Posted by: Larry | Oct 10, 2011 2:03:10 PM


  11. I know this is vapid, but damn those thighs do something illegal to me.

    Posted by: JC | Oct 10, 2011 2:08:48 PM


  12. I'm really starting to love rugby a little more everyday, it seems to be the sport with the most players who are confident and secure in their sexuality, despite the fact that it's supposed to be such a "manly" sport.

    Posted by: Bryan | Oct 10, 2011 3:40:25 PM


  13. Rugby players are by far the hottest!

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 10, 2011 3:48:33 PM


  14. Am I really that shallow to think that he's just really cute?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 10, 2011 4:15:02 PM


  15. Mr Pocock is major jock beefcake.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 10, 2011 6:10:56 PM


  16. These men are clearly confident about about their masculinity and sexuality after all the practice a very "manly" sport which features a a lot of man to man grabbing : )

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 10, 2011 10:11:00 PM


  17. Pocock is not a Christian, and supporting gay rights the way he has just confirms his own statement, "I cannot see what's wrong..."; perfectly true, he has no idea because he cannot see. Homosexuality is sin, sin gives birth to death, and the only one who can set you free is Yeshua, the Christ, by His sacrifice. Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich, also has no idea about either marriage or Christianity. Any marriage between two men or women is illegitimate before God...period.

    As illegitimate as Pocock's stand as a believer....strong in body but weak in spirit, how unfortunate.

    Furthermore, from now on I doubt whether any true rugby loving man will feel comfortable about supporting him in his career, personally he went from hero to zero with a few shallow statements.

    If you stand for nothing you'll fall for anything; Pocock has denied his God, faith, and morality by these words, how foolish!!!

    I'm gutted

    Paul Hunt, South African & Rubgy fan, but first a believer

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 16, 2011 7:09:17 AM


  18. Paul, Thank you for reminding me just how deluded people are in this world! I am hoping for bird flu and swine flu to become an epidemic so we can rid the planet of a species so filled with hypocrisy and hatred all stemming from a mythical so called "loving" god. You make me sick.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 25, 2011 1:56:44 AM


  19. Paul: Your total lack of humility is proof enough that your experience of Christ's sacrifice is a perverted sham at best. You and your Pharisaic brethren will eventually see the light, but I regret that we have to endure your toxic spewing in the meantime.

    Posted by: DAVID | Nov 28, 2011 4:12:09 PM


  20. So, Paul--BESIDES posting BS do you come here to look at the pictures?

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 28, 2011 5:40:54 PM


  21. Mr Pocock has True Christian spirit in every way,not only is he a Great Rugby player and a supporter of Gay rights as well as other minorities but also in the Off Season he goes to Zimbabwe where he and his family were driven from by Mugabes evil crew and spends his money and time helping the native people who are oppressed by Mugabe and co.

    Posted by: jean | Nov 29, 2011 9:13:39 AM


  22. If that story had been a paragraph or two longer I would have been crying. I felt it coming on. Thank you, David. You're a great man.

    Posted by: James | Nov 29, 2011 5:21:44 PM


  23. The measure of a Man is by deeds.

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 1, 2013 3:10:46 PM


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