Portia de Rossi wants Oz politicians to back gay marriage

London: Actress Portia de Rossi has said that she’s disappointed in Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for failing to tackle the issue of same-sex marriage.

The Ally MCBeal star admitted that she thought Australia would have been one of the first countries to legalise same-sex unions and she is adamant Gillard has let down the public by failing to act on gay marriage.

She is now urging politicians in her native Australia to support same-sex marriage.

“I always thought Australia would pass this equal rights law long before America would. I’m a little bit disappointed with the new Prime Minister. I’m hoping that Australia will be a leader on this,” a daily quoted her as saying during a radio interview.

De Rossi, who married American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2008, is in Australia as part of a promotional tour for her new book ‘Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain’.