Elton John Calls For Marriage Equality Ahead Of Queensland Shows


Music icon Sir Elton John has made a heartfelt call for Australia to vote for marriage equality as he prepares for two concerts in north Queensland.

The star posted a photo of his 2014 wedding to husband David Furnish to his social media accounts and wrote that Australia should embrace the reform as an “expression of love”.

“I love Australia. I love its spirit, it’s lack of pretence, it’s passion,” he wrote.

“I hope it can embrace the honesty and courage that seeks gay marriage as an expression not of desire but of love.

“Almost 24 years ago, I met the person with whom I could be fully myself.

I'm so excited to be back in Australia for a series of shows. Many years ago, I chose Australia for my wedding to a wonderful woman for whom I have so much love and admiration. I wanted more than anything to be a good husband, but I denied who I really was, which caused my wife sadness, and caused me huge guilt and regret. To be worthy of someone's love, you have to be brave enough and clear eyed enough to be honest with yourself and your partner. Almost 24 years ago, I met the person with whom I could be fully myself. When we married in 2014, it felt like that fact was accepted by the world. For David and I, being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognised and celebrated is what makes life truly worth living. That acceptance and support makes us want to be as kind, responsible and productive members of society, as well as the best parents, that we can be. I love Australia. I love its spirit, it's lack of pretence, it's passion. I hope it can embrace the honesty and courage that seeks gay marriage as an expression not of desire but of love. #loveislove #marriageequality @davidfurnish

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“When [David and I] married in 2014, it felt like that fact was accepted by the world. For David and I, being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognised and celebrated makes life truly worth living.

“That acceptance and support makes us want to be as kind, responsible and productive members of society, as well as the best parents, that we can be.”

Sir Elton will play a concert tonight (September 22) in Mackay and next Saturday, September 30, in Cairns, with shows in Wollongong and Hobart during the week, as part of his Once In A Lifetime tour.

“I always love coming back to Australia. It holds a very special place in my heart, ever since my first visit there at the start of my worldwide career in 1971,” Elton said earlier this year.

“This tour will be even more memorable because it will be the first time I have ever played Mackay and Cairns, which I can’t believe, but there you have it.”

As the city celebrates Elton’s arrival, Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson and the Mackay Regional Council unveiled a permanent mural to immortalise his trip to the region.

Mayor Williamson said the artwork, located in Wood Street on the external wall of the Westpac building, was “a fitting tribute to the Rocket Man.”

“It will leave Elton John’s mark on our City Centre as a legacy to this exciting concert event,” he said.

“The artwork looks terrific and I’d encourage people to come on down to the City Centre and check it out.”