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Country Singer Beccy Cole Joins Fight For Marriage Equality

She wants to marry partner Libby O'Donovan.

19/09/2016 8:30 AM AEST | Updated 19/09/2016 8:32 AM AEST
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Libby O'Donovan and Beccy Cole at the 44th Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth.

Aussie country music singer Beccy Cole will appear on the ABC's Australian Story on Monday night, calling for marriage equality so she can marry her partner Libby O'Donovan.

Cole, with nine Golden Guitar awards to her name, said she was a lesbian on an Australian Story episode in 2012. She will return to the program on Monday, joining the conversation about marriage equality and talking about her life with O'Donovan. They live together in what Cole calls a "big, gay Brady Bunch" family.

The pair wants to marry, but Australian law currently does not allow for it.

"I married a bloke and that was legal, now I just want to do it right, but I want to be allowed to," Cole said.

"When it's something that you really believe in and something that affects you directly and you can see it affecting people within your community, then I think there is a time to stand up and say, 'Come on, let's get this right'."

Cole has implored politicians to legislate for marriage equality, with the issue currently embroiled in more controversy; the controversial plebiscite was unveiled last week, but with the Labor Party expected to oppose the measure, it appears the public vote will fail, and with it, likely any chance for same-sex marriage to be legislated in this term of government.

Cole will use the program to invite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to her wedding, when it is legally allowed to happen.

"It's one thing to turn up at Mardi Gras as Prime Minister, but let's get it right, let's turn up to my wedding -- you're invited," she said.

Australian Story: When Beccy met Libby is on ABC at 8pm on Monday.

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