Love Island Australia made history when its first-ever same-sex couple paired up in the second season of the show.
Phoebe Thompson and Cassie Lansdell had a connection throughout the first episode of the season.
Neither of the women had ever dated another woman before, but Thompson said that she was more attracted to Landell than she was to any of the men in the villa.
She said: “If none of the boys do it for me, I’m not going to fake it. It’s about me and doing what’s best for me, it’s not about anyone else.” The host and those in the villa were shocked at Thompson’s announcement to couple up with Cassie Lansdell, but most were supportive of their decision.
— #LoveIslandAU (@LoveIslandAU) October 14, 2019
However, another contestant in the Love Island Australia villa said she ‘doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage’. Cartier Rose Surjan is the youngest contestant in the season at 19 years-old. She describes herself as a “born again Christian” and a “strict Pentecostalist”. She claims she cannot support marriage equality due to her religious beliefs.
— #LoveIslandAU (@LoveIslandAU) October 15, 2019
In an interview with New Idea, she said: “I’m never going to discriminate against someone and make them uncomfortable about themselves.”
Despite her strict Pentecostal beliefs, Cartier has previously admitted on Love Island to having premarital sex.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia in December 2017 following a voluntary postal survey.
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