Iconic movie actor, Michael Caton, known best for his role in the Aussie film The Castle has spoken in favour of same-sex marriage giving an emotional plea days before the November 7 return cut-off date for the postal survey to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Caton explains that he did not know homosexuality existed until he was well into his teens, and describes in the video moving to Sydney to star in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales back in 1969.
“I played the Pardoner, who was a screaming queen, and my friend Alan played the Summoner, who was a butch sort of gay,” he explained of his role and the friends he met at the time.
“And then I met Alan’s partner, John. They were together then in 1969 and they’re together now. John is 95, Alan is 88, and they live in a nursing home not far from where I live now. When I think of marriage equality, I think of what it could mean to them.”
Caton, who has had a long television career, further asks viewers to consider: “Now get all of these things out of your mind like religious discrimination, what we’re teaching our kids in schools, they’re just red herrings, this is not about that.
“This is about people who want to make a commitment to each other and wouldn’t it be wonderful for Alan and John if before they pass on, they could have their commitment recognised by law. Is that too much to ask, I think not. I’d urge you respectfully to vote yes for marriage equality.”
Watch the video below, sorry if you cry like we did!