Tim Cook Advocates for Same-Sex Marriage in Australia Amid iPhone 8 Release

· Updated on May 28, 2018

It’s the day every techie and social media-obsessed millennial has been waiting for. Tim Cook and Apple announce the iPhone 8 and iPhone X today, opening the door to the next generation of smartphone technology.

But it’s not the only door Apple is swinging open today.

The leader of the world’s most famous tech-company made history as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. And today he used that title to help progress the rights of queer people in Australia.

In addition to the release of the new iPhones, it’s also a big day for queer rights as Aussies take to the polls for a potentially historic same-sex marriage vote. It’s a battle the Australian LGBTQ community has been waging for years. Piggy-backing off Apple’s big day, Cook used the hype to release a statement in favor of the big vote:

“We support marriage equality and believe all Australians deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and to have their relationships recognized with the same dignity and legal protections as their neighbors, friends, and family.”

Cook has been a vocal member of the LGBTQ community in the past, using his platform to speak to many important topics. He’s denounced Trump on a few occasions, from his Muslim ban to his proposed ban on trans people in the military.

Whether it’s a shatter-proof screen or basic human rights, let’s hope today brings us good news.

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