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12-Year-Old Australian Boy Is Fighting for the 'Right to Marry Chris Hemsworth'

Max Townes and Chris Hemsworth

He hopes Thor -- and Australia -- will hear his plea for same-sex marriage.


A 12-year-old boy is advocating for same-sex marriage in Australia -- and he has a dream groom in mind.

Max Townes proclaimed his love for Thor actor Chris Hemsworth at a Sydney rally September 10, where he marched for marriage equality. There, he held a sign printed with the compelling argument.

"All I want is the right to marry Chris Hemsworth," the sign read. "You've got five years until I'm 18 Australia! You too Chris!"

Townes, who identifies as gay, told Gay Star Newsthat he admires the "great jawline" of the Australian actor, who portrays the Norse god in Marvel's Avengers films. However, he's focused about his goals.

"I know that I'm not actually going to marry Chris Hemsworth. It was a fun sign to draw attention to a serious matter," he said.

"I have LGBTI friends and family and think they should be able to marry if they choose to. I marched for human rights," he said.

Australians have until November 7 to vote yes or no on same-sex marriage. The nonbinding, voluntary postal ballot will be taken into consideration by the nation's Parliament, which will then vote on the issue.

Townes's sister, Megan, posted the photograph of the sign to Twitter and tagged Hemsworth, who is a supporter of same-sex marriage. They hope to catch the actor's eye through the hashtag #MaxMeetChris, in order to raise more visibility on the importance of the ballot.

"If Chris Hemsworth responded, I would be overjoyed that he showed support for the LGBTI community and happy that a famous person took the time to support marriage equality," Townes said.

Townes is courting an established ally of the LGBT community. In August, Hemsworth declared on Instagram, "Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality."

Another famous Hemsworth brother, Liam, also urged Australians to vote yes on same-sex marriage Tuesday on the social media platform:

I personally do not believe that same sex marriage should come down to a vote. I believe it's a HUMAN RIGHT to be able to marry the person you love regardless of gender. To all the Australians that care about equality and human rights please say YES to same sex marriage. Let's not be silly about this. Vote YES for same sex marriage in Australia.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.