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Jesse Tyler Ferguson earmarks $10,000 for Australian gay marriage campaign
"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson has vowed to donate $10,000 toward the fight to legalize gay marriage in Australia. In a post on his Tie the Knot foundation website, the actor, who started the organization with his husband, Justin Mikita, writes:
"Like many marriage equality advocates we were saddened to hear that Australia's High Court recently overturned the law that legalized same sex marriage in their great country … Newlyweds ourselves, Justin and I kept thinking how devastated we would have been if suddenly we were no longer recognized as a legal couple.
"Tie The Knot has always focused its efforts on marriage equality in the United States, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is a great opportunity to bring attention to the journey toward marriage equality that Australia is currently embarking on. We have great faith in their strength and perseverance… so much so I am personally pledging $10,000 toward the marriage equality efforts in Australia… This fight isn't a quick one in the United States, and it won't be in Australia either. But together we can make a difference!"
According to the website, Tie the Knot uses the proceeds of necktie retail sales "to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it."
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