Star Wallaby boycotts marriage

2011-11-29 12:43

Sydney - The politicians are about to debate same-sex marriage, but star Wallaby flank David Pocock has already made up his mind.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, Pocock, who captained the Wallabies for the first time in last Saturday's Test against the Barbarians at Twickenham in London, supports the right of all people to marry so strongly that he and partner Emma Palandri have refused to seal their relationship legally until their gay friends can do the same.

''More than 60 percent of Australians are in favour of same-sex marriage, so it just doesn't make sense to stop it from happening,'' Pocock said. ''For a lot of Christians, it's a big issue and I know there's a lot of people who don't share the same opinion as me. It comes down to equal love. I don't think it's the government's role to tell people that their love is right or wrong.''

The couple had a wedding ceremony late last year and describe themselves as married. But in solidarity with those excluded from marriage, they opted not to sign the documents confirming their union. Their stance echoes that of high-profile US actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who said they would not marry until all US citizens were granted the same right.

Last week, Pocock was named Western Australia's Young Australian of the Year for his humanitarian and philanthropic work, particularly in helping his former countrymen in Zimbabwe. Pocock's family fled Zimbabwe a decade ago when their farm was confiscated during Robert Mugabe's violent land redistribution programme.


  • Phil - 2011-11-29 12:50

    Is it just my imagination or does News24 seem infatuated with everything Australian? Isn't it bizarre that we have South African journalists trawling the Sydney Morning Herald website for "News" to report in the SA press!

      Peter - 2011-11-29 13:28

      Why not, they are the greatest sporting nation in the world, we hav e nothing of interest overhere except moaning and crime, makes you think ?????

      Grant - 2011-11-29 13:37

      Both comments are dumb! Who cares than an aussie said it? Its a known personality making a public statement. And Aus are the greatest sporting nation in the world? Ha!

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 13:41

      Somewhere between Zimbabwe and Australia, the man lost his mind, perhaps the influence of his Aust wife. At least he is not "marrying" a man, or a sheep or chicken, for that matter.

      mbossenger - 2011-11-29 14:06

      Dirk - do you seriously not see any difference between same sex marriage and marrying an animal?

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 14:49


      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-29 14:54

      It's not your imagination... I get more news on Australia here than in Australia... In australia I hear nothing about home... so I come here to see what's up and i read about aussie.. ha ha

      mbossenger - 2011-11-29 16:54

      dirk - familiarise yourself with the term "consenting adults"

  • DJPotifar - 2011-11-29 12:54

    Commendable act David. I salute you. PS. I am heterosexual myself.

      Johann - 2011-11-29 14:03

      What a public statement POTIFAR!!!

      DJPotifar - 2011-11-29 14:28

      @Blue, I agree. My orientation is of no consequence in this context. I retract my last sentence

      Ebon - 2011-11-30 10:01

      @Blue: The point of him stating his sexual orientation is to demonstrate (as David Pocock did) that gay rights are not advocated only by gay people. A lot of heterosexuals support the right of consenting adults to choose how to live their lives, and the view that such people should not be discriminated against because of something that actually does not in any way affect any of us straight people in the slightest. It's pretty sad looking at the general pattern of thumbs up and thumbs down in these comments, because it is clear that more than half of the people reading these comments are bigoted pigs. Just because someone does not like the idea of being in a homosexual relationship does not give that person the right to condemn others who do. I find the idea of gay sex to be pretty gross. But then again most of us probably get quite grossed out about the idea of our parents doing it. And I suspect the idea of most people on this forum, (let's face it, most of you are not porn-star material), with your myriad imperfections, having sex is probably not something I would ever wish to witness. Seriously people, what consenting adults choose to do behind closed doors should never affect your judgement of them, unless you yourself wish to be judged by the same standard.

  • Alan - 2011-11-29 12:59

    Is P(r)ocock coming out of the closet?

      Lauren - 2011-11-29 13:33

      Oh absolutely. Merely stating that one believes in equal rights for gay and lesbian people means that one MUST in fact be gay. Without question.

      kyle.boshoff - 2011-11-29 13:41

      Allan... you're an idiot... I am quite surprised that you managed to see "procock" in his name... I wonder how long it took you to come up with that? Or is your backwards thinking, homophobic, perverted mind fined-tuned into seeing such profanities in people's surnames?

      Pierre - 2011-11-30 09:48

      Ah, that explains it, Bryce Lawrence must then be... and all this time I was accusing the New Zealand Rugby Union of bribing and cheating with Bryce Lawrence. Sorry sorry, humble apologies, very un-PC of me. Cast thou first stone , but then I do agree with Procock, I mean Pocock, Pocock it is, although I am still peed-off from the 1/4 final and might have said a lot worse at the time, but I guess he is a good guy, and a good player.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2011-11-29 13:01

    Ah thank goodness for straight people like you David :-)

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-11-29 13:05

    All decisions have consequences, abortion leads to bloodshed (violent crimes), let's see what new misfortune goes to Australia as soon as they legalize this

      Peter - 2011-11-29 13:32

      It will not happen as they are a civilized country as their country works not like ours

      Marius - 2011-11-29 14:13

      @Blue: I dont think Blertsie has the mental capacity to answers your questions....

      Marni - 2011-11-30 09:32

      @Blertsie, Same-Sex Marriages has been legal in SA for quite a while now and so far I am still to see what "misfortune" this has brought to SA. Good things that came from it: More stable families, more babies being adopted and finding loving homes, people living in security they never had before, etc. Bad things that came from it: ??? You tell me, you biased ignoramus.

  • bridgettegraham - 2011-11-29 13:14

    That's really cool that they do that. :) Hopefully more people can come to terms with the times we live in and stop protesting so much with their outdated and archaic views about life, our world and the universe we live in.

      Ian - 2011-11-29 14:06

      Why should a long held view be archaic? Who says so? Telling lies has long been held to be wrong. Is that archaic too? Or stealing?

  • Wasteland - 2011-11-29 13:20

    He just found a new reason to delay marriage

  • Johnny - 2011-11-29 13:36

    Just a lame excuse not to get married.

  • gerhard.nel - 2011-11-29 13:54

    Next time your girlfriend pressure you to get married, use this excuse.

  • Heiku - 2011-11-29 16:11

    Good. This guy is a know cheater. He would destroy the "sanctity" of marriage.

  • Chris - 2011-11-29 16:44

    have you seen this girl, I would sure as hell not marry her either !! Looks like Bryce Lawrence's daughter !!

  • Chris - 2011-11-29 16:45

    What, have you seen this girl, would not marry her either, looks like Bryce Lawrence's daughter !!!

  • Maai - 2011-11-30 09:44

    Why do these clots use their celebrity to protest things that are unimportant? His family was kicked off their farm in Zim. Why doesnt he protest and highlight the THOUSANDS of farm attacks and murders in South Africa?

      Maai - 2011-11-30 10:10

      @Blue it really is not important. Matters of life or death, food security, governmental corruption...these are important matters.

      Ebon - 2011-11-30 10:11

      You might not think it is important. I might argue that that is because you are lacking in the capacity to think. The bottom line is that different people have different views and find different issues to be of greater importance than others. Objectively the issue of gay rights is important. Not as objectively important as some issues, but more important than some. Given that it affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians, and millions worldwide, I would have to argue that *objectively* it is a far bigger issue than a few farm attacks in South Africa even though to you personally, ie subjectively, farm attacks are of more significance.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 10:29

      @Ebon I lack the capacity to think? We will see what you think when there are no more farmers to put food on your plate. Mind you you can always snack on your boyfriends shlong...

      Ebon - 2011-11-30 10:47

      Ok, my first comment stated that I "might" argue your lack of capacity to think. I can confidently now say with certainty that you are lacking in that capacity. 1) How do gay rights have anything at all to do with farm attacks in South Africa? They don't. Period. This is a discussion about gay rights. If you want to talk about farm attacks go find a relevant article and stop trolling here. 2) I am not gay. You only thought that because I argue for gay rights. See paragraph above.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 11:00

      @Ebon read my original comment. I said that as a person who got kicked off a farm in Southern Africa (because of his ethnicity) he should use his celebrity status to highlight the plight of white farmers in the region. I did not confuse gay rights wjth farm attacks. I merely pointed out that P(r)ocock could do something more important with his protest. Do you get it now?

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:08

      @Blue yeah SA is much better now without Apartheid isnt it? What a wonderful job the ANC is doing now that their electorate can keep voting them into power.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:10

      @Blue and forget the equality myth. People are not all equal. If people were of equal intelligence for example, would we all be stupid, clever or average?

      Ebon - 2011-11-30 12:12

      Yes, I *get* what you were trying to say. You have repeated it 3 times. You do not believe that gay marriage is an important issue. If you bothered reading my initial reply, you would get what I am saying (and so is Blue): Just because you do not see that value in standing up for gay rights does not mean that it is *objectively* an unimportant cause. Ironically, gay marriage would not be an important issue were it not for the hordes of homophobic bigots out there who themselves can't find anything better to with their time and energy than to actively prejudice gay people. Maybe if people stopped fighting against gay rights, we could all focus on other "important" issues.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:40

      maybe Blue and Ebon should get married?

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:41

      @Blue perhaps you should pull that vibrator out of your ass and make some room for your head?

      Phil - 2011-11-30 14:32

      Maai I think you forget that Pocock is no longer living in Africa ...he (and his family) have moved on and made new lives for themselves. He has no obligation to highlight ANYTHING in Southern Africa. He is highlighting something that he feels IS important.....hard to argue with that.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 16:54

      Cmon Blue and Ebon, go for it. Phil can be bridesmaid.

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