Kath & KimBritish born actress Magda Szubanski, who appeared in the Australian comedy Kath & Kim, has come out as a lesbian.

Szubanski played Sharon Strzelecki in the Australian comedy which ran for four seasons as well as a television movie. The actress was originally born in Liverpool, in the UK, but her family emigrated to Australia in the 1960s.

The actress came out as a lesbian on Valentines Day and also confirmed her support for gay marriage. The actress told Channel 10 in Australia ‘We pay taxes, fight wars for this country, nurse you when you are sick, make you laugh, sing and dance for you, play netball for you, star in your movies, cook your meals, decorate your store windows. And, chances are, gay people designed whatever it is you’re wearing. All Australians, including gay Australians, should have exactly the same rights, including the right to love, marry and take care of our partners.’

Szubanski went on to criticise current marriage laws in Australia which means that killers can marry but gay couples can not ‘The law means that you could be a serial killer and have killed all of your spouses and yet you would still be considered fit to marry. But if you are gay, then you are not worthy of these same rights.’

Earlier this week it was revealed that two private member bills are to be put before the Australian parliament regarding the legalisation of gay marriage. The two bills both include exemptions for religious houses who do not wish to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies which mean the bills may garner more support from MPs. However, the vote is likely to be tight even with the prospect of a ‘free vote’ on the issue allowing MP’s to vote on their own personal viewers and not those of their respective parties. {jcomments off}

 

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