Katter compares Macklemore NRL gig to 'seeping sewage into the debutante ball'

Brandis criticises Abbott's 'bizarre' call to ban Macklemore 'gay anthem' at NRL

One commentator included ex-NRL player Tony Wall who launched a change.org petition to "remove LGBTIQ politics out of the awesome sport of Rugby League" because it would be "difficult to watch the NRL grand final" due to the "LGBTIQ anthem taking centre stage".

Speaking to the ABC, Senator Brandis has argued the song "topped the charts a couple of years ago".

In response to one of the show's host encouraging him to "go harder" because "that "Same Love" needs to go worldwide", Macklemore said "I'mma go harder!".

"I believe in free speech".

Macklemore told United States media he'd been receiving lots of tweets from "angry old white men" about the issue.

Same-sex marriage is a hotly contested topic in Australia right now, with the postal vote currently underway.

The US rapper has spoken out against conservative commentators who expressed outrage and demanded he not perform his 2012 hit "Same Love".




Spokesman, David Goodwin, said it was "bizarre" that the song was being performed at half time and millions of Australians disagreed with its message.

The US rapper will perform the song, which supports same-sex love, at the NRL Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday.

Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton joined Mr. Abbott in calling out sporting organizers for trying to politize their events, saying organizers of Sunday's big rugby match needed to get a "backbone" and stand up to political correctness.

The petition, initiated this week by a former rugby league player Tony Wall, says it will be hard to watch the final "with a LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) anthem taking centre stage".

The NRL's decision to back the Yes campaign for same-sex marriage has been a controversial one, but things may have gotten out of hand thanks to a petition started by ex-footballer Tony Wall.

"I can't think of a better song for all the hundreds of thousands of people to listen to on Saturday", she continues, adding, "This is what we need right now".

Meanwhile, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced it will publish weekly national estimates of submitted surveys from Tuesday until November 7.

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