Surprising Words from Elton John

I don’t think there’s any man in the world gayer than Elton John and I say that with all the love in the world for the man. One would think that with all of the hot talk going on right now about Proposition 8 and the ban on same-sex marriage in California, that Elton would be the first to whip out his hot pink, diamond-crusted glasses and hold up a sign ready to fight for his rights. But it turns out, that he thinks that he in fact does have different rights than heterosexuals and that marriage between a same-sex couple is a ridiculous thing. From Pop Crunch,

“Suprisingly, the outspoken gay says he’s opposed to pushing for measures that would permit same-sex couples to marry.

The Rocket Man believes people of his persuasion should stick to civil unions and leave the marriage business to us heteros.

Elton and his longtime partner David Furnish tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony in Windsor, England in December 2005. The couple now live blissfully in UK with their two cocker spaniels, Marilyn and Arthur.

“We’re not married,”the legend said on the red carpet at the annual benefit for his Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York City Monday night. “Let’s get that right. We have a civil partnership.”

Elton added, “I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. The word marriage, I think, puts a lot of people off. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

I personally do think that gay people should be allowed to get married however, I don’t know what the difference is between a civil partnership and marriage. I would like to know why he is opposed to gay marriage. Though he clearly states that he is, and what he believes those in the gay community should do if they wish to ‘be together’, I still don’t understand why exactly this is his belief. I love Elton and I’m sure that he has his reasons, but this is especially surprising as he is so obviously gay and in a lifelong partnership.

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