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Sam Smith Donates Ticket Sales To Australia Gay Marriage Campaign


“Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith is donating one-third of the proceeds from his upcoming performance at the Sydney Opera House to lobby group Australia Marriage Equality.

Australians are currently voting in a non-binding, non-compulsory referendum asking whether or not same-sex couples should be granted marriage rights in the country.

“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” the referendum asks.

The remainder of the profits from the Sydney performance will go to LGBTQ youth services.

The Opera House’s Concert Hall, where Smith will be playing, seats over 2,000. Assuming the show is sold out, the event could raise as much as 50,000 Australian dollars (about $39,000 in U.S. dollars).

That might not sound like a ton, but every little bit helps, which is why PayPal is also getting in on the good work. The online payment service is matching donations made to the YES campaign up to a total of $50,000.

This isn’t the first time Smith has voiced his support for the Australian gay marriage campaign. The Grammy winner, who is gay, has posted supportive messages on Instagram and Twitter:

The results from Australia’s referendum will be announced on November 15th of this year. The issue will then go to the federal parliament, which will make the ultimate decision.

[Via Mashable]

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