You may not expect it from a self-confessed redneck, but former WWE Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin has come out and passionately defended gay rights and marriage equality for homosexual couples.
Speaking on his podcast, the 49-year old went on a fervent rant, aiming his ire at churches and pastors that refuse to unite a loving couple in marriage because they're the same sex.
“I don’t give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married.
“If it’s the same-sex, more power to them.
“What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say ‘we as a church do not believe in that’"
“Which one of these motherf**kers talked to God and God said that same-sex marriage was a no can do? Can you verify? Can you give me some background on that 411?”
Austin, aka the Rattlesnake, gained international recognition during the 1990s and early 2000's as a beer-swilling, rugged hick Southerner in the WWF. He won more than 20 titles in his career before retiring due to neck injuries in 2003, becoming the company's most famous and profitable anti-hero in the history of wrestling along the way.
"I don't think that there is a God that says you cannot do this, you cannot do that." Austin added later in his piece.
In August 2013, Darren Young became the first openly gay active wrestler in WWE history when he came out on an interview with TMZ.
The company showed their support for LGBT rights by teaming up with the NOH8 campaign, a charity organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.