The "Modern Family" star has announced his plans to donate $10,000 toward the battle for same-sex marriage rights in Australia. The actor's pledge coincides with the announcement that "Modern Family" will tape an episode in Australia in February.
"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," he writes on the website for his marriage equality organization Tie the Knot. "A marriage equality bill had JUST passed the parliament in October, so our hearts went out to those people who were suddenly stripped of those rights."
"Couples who had wed in that short window had to face the reality that their marriages were now annulled," he continues. "Having been through a similar situation with Proposition 8 here in California, we could really empathize with the frustration and sadness of those who supported and fought for marriage equality. Newlyweds ourselves, Justin and I kept thinking how devastated we would have been if suddenly we were no longer recognized as a legal couple."
He goes on to pledge $10,000 to help the marriage equality efforts in the country.
He concludes, "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!"
Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, founded Tie the Knot in 2012. The company sells stylish selections of neckwear and donates all proceeds to organizations that fight for gay civil rights. Their mission is simple: "To advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it."
Hopefully, with Ferguson and countless other efforts, the land Down Under will soon be the land of marriage equality!
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