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Actor Magda Szubanski has backed up her demands for gay marriage by coming out on national television, saying she is "absolutely gay".
The film and TV star became emotional when she told the show's panel of the pressures that are placed on gay people.
"I absolutely identify as gay ... and it must be hard for people who don't experience it to know what the pressures of being gay are," she said.
"When you are forced into this position you almost feel that you have to choose, you just want to give of yourself."
She said her family, friends and work colleagues had known for a long time that she was gay but she said there was a difference between living life openly and living life publicly.
In a statement to newspapers on Tuesday, Szubanski wrote that the marriage law was unfair.
"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," she said.
"But if you are gay, then you are not worthy of these same rights."
She added that she was single at the moment.
Her "coming out" comes a day after two separate bills to legalise same-sex marriage were introduced in federal parliament, first by Australian Greens lower house MP Adam Bandt and independent Andrew Wilkie, and then by Labor's Stephen Jones.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said support for the marriage equality campaign from people like Szubanski was invaluable and further proof that the Australian community is ready to give equal rights to all.
"I am positive that next Valentine's Day couples will be popping the question knowing that regardless of their sexuality, they have the right to marry the person they love in the country they love," the senator said.
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