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Tony Abbott slammed over ‘archaic’ stance, urged to see gay love movie Holding The Man by star Ryan Corr

Tony Abbott slammed over ‘archaic’ stance, urged to see gay love movie Holding The Man by star Ryan Corr

Ryan Corr of the Australian movie Holding The Man, has joined fellow actor Jack Black in condemning Tony Abbott over his attitude to marriage equality reforms, calling it ‘archaic’ and challenging the Australian Prime Minister to watch the movie to ‘open his mind’.

The 26-year-old actor best known for the TV-series Packed to the Rafters called the ruling Coalition’s refusal of a conscience vote on marriage equality ‘a disgrace’, as news emerged that the PM is also refusing to intervene between warring ministers.

‘Seventy per cent of Australians, right or left, think people have the right to have marriage equality,’ he said, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘I’m exactly the same.

‘It’s disappointing Tony Abbott could have had the opportunity to be the prime minister that supported people loving who they wanted but instead it’s gone the opposite way’

Corr plays playwright and gay activist Tim Conigrave in Holding The Man, a romantic drama centering on his 15-year relationship with John Caleo (Craig Stott) after they met at a boys school in the late 1970s.

The critically-acclaimed movie opens in Australia in two weeks but there is as yet no detail on overseas release.

Corr hopes the film will make people talk about gay rights, including marriage equality.

‘Hopefully Tony Abbott will go and see it. It might open his mind a bit …

‘It’s archaic. We’re behind the rest of the world in progressive ideas like this. It’s plain and simple: people should have the right to marry and love who they want.’

Watch Holding The Man’s trailer here: