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Senior Liberals in spat over gay rights song at NRL final

Senior Liberals in spat over gay rights song at NRL final

Ex-NRL player Tony Wall has started a petition on Change.org demanding the song not be played and that "LGBTIQ politics is taken out of the NRL".

Macklemore discussed the outrage and the petition against him while chatting on U.S. radio station POWER 106 on The Cruz Show.

"It's interesting actually, because I'm playing Same Love, and they're going through right now trying to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia", he told LA radio station Power 106.

But his pro-LGBTQI song "Same Love" is taking the heat - as prominent anti-same-sex marriage supporters such as former prime minister Tony Abbott branding it as unnecessary "politicising".

'So I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia.

'It is one of his most popular songs, and for Mr Abbott or anyone else to say that it should be banned I think is a weird thing to say, ' Brandis said.

'I'm gonna go harder, I'm going to love'.

'It's interesting the first person to call for something to be banned is Tony Abbott.

"Macklemore was chosen as the Grand Final act because he is now one of the top acts in the world", a spokesman told the ABC.

The rapper is due to perform at the Half Time show on the weekend, where the Melbourne Storm will play the North Queensland Cowboys, and has confirmed he will play his hit record, "Same Love", which has been hailed as an 'LGBTQIA+ anthem'.

They claim it politicizes sport and they want to "remove LGBTIQ politics out of the awesome sport of Rugby League".

With the same-sex marriage survey now underway in Australia, Macklemore's performance has attracted criticism and praise from both sides of the debate.

The petition has attracted more than 7000 signatures, but the NRL has stood firm, confirming Macklemore will still be performing the song on Sunday.

Before his trip Down Under, Macklemore hit back at the complaints.

Wall said his family would feel uncomfortable if they heard the song on Sunday.

However, the NRL has reiterated its support for same-sex marriage and said the performance will go ahead.


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