Australian comedian and actor Magda Szubanski, who played Sharon Strzelecki in popular suburban Melbourne sitcom Kath & Kim, announced her support of gay marriage in a statement today and indicated for the first time that she is gay.
‘I am 1,000 per cent in favour of gay marriage,’ Szubanski said. ‘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 added: ‘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.’
The Sydney Morning Herald said today that Szubanski would come out publicly on Australian talkshow The Project tonight during a discussion about marriage equality.
Szubanski was born in Liverpool in 1961 to a Polish father and Scottish mother but emigrated from Britain with her family when she was five. She started her career in sketch comedy The D-Generation and in 1995 starred alongside James Cromwell as Esme Hoggett the farmer’s wife in the film Babe. She became a spokesperson for weight-loss program Jenny Craig in 2009, when she lost 25kg of her body weight and dropped six dress sizes after she was diagnosed with sleep apnea.