A political candidate has released a touching video that explains why he supports marriage equality.
Labor candidate Matt Loader sat alone in his office and recorded the words Australia needs to hear.
Loader told Australia that he would support a change in the law as he too would be affected.
"I know why hundreds of thousands of Australians think this issue is important," he said.
"It took me a long time to come out about my sexuality with my family and friends."
The Labor candidate used the video to reveal he too has been a victim of homophobia.
"As a young man, I was walking home one night with someone, when I encountered three drunken louts who thought it was okay to bash me up because I was different," he said.