“Thrift Shop” star Macklemore took to the NRL grand final stage to sing hit-song Same Love, complete with rainbow smoke displays.

Australia is in the middle of a national non-binding survey which asks voters if they think the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. For this reason, many called on the NRL to ban the performance because it politicized sport.

Former rugby player Tony Wall even started a Change.org petition to ‘protect children’ who might watch it.

Crowds waved and cheered along as the Thrift Shop singer paraded on stage with his fist held high in solidarity to the LGBT community. At the end of the performance, he shouted: ‘Equality for all!’