danielradcliffe300Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about his “disgust” and “amazement” at the open hostility towards the gay community by rightwing presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry in a new interview with Attitude Magazine.

Showing that he is firmly behind LGBT rights, Radcliffe said in the interview “Don’t define yourself by your sexuality, don’t define as straight or gay, define yourself as people and help another person if they’re in trouble. The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they’re married, then you look at the gay couple who’ve been together for the same amount of time, but because they can’t get married their relationship doesn’t seem the same. Yes, gay marriage is about symbolically blessing a relationship, but the larger issue is about transmitting a fundamental message about equality. Gay people should have equality in law everywhere. If you grow up as a young gay man knowing you don’t have the same opportunities as everyone else, you’re going to feel victimised and massive prejudice towards you.”

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