One of Australia's most decorated basketballers, Tully Bevilaqua, has joined the push for legal gay marriage, revealing plans to wed her female partner in May in her current US home State of Indiana, where the union will not be recognised.
Bevilaqua, from Merredin, hailed British MPs for this week's "mature" decision to overwhelmingly favour laws to allow gay marriage.
The 2008 Olympian, who recently retired at age 40 as Australia's longest-serving player in the US Women's National Basketball Association, also revealed intimate details of her own journey from a traditional marriage in WA to confronting her sexuality in 2005 as she verged on depression.
She told _The Weekend West _ she was excited about marrying Lindsay, the mother of their nearly two-year-old son Parker.
"In our eyes, we're getting married," Bevilaqua said. "We're law-abiding citizens and probably more so than some people who get the rights.
"That's extremely frustrating and it's so hard not to get equal billing even for simple things like being able to file our tax together."
Lindsay has taken Bevilaqua's surname, as has their son from an anonymous sperm donor.
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