California - Has fatherhood changed Sir Elton John's feelings about marriage
for same-sex couples?
The 63-year-old singer made several blunt comments on the topic Wednesday night
while performing at a private fundraiser for the ongoing legal challenge to
California's gay marriage ban.
"It seems so ridiculous I could be with my partner for 17 years and we
have a son, and my partner and I can't get married," John said during the
90-minute set at a sprawling Beverly Hills estate in which he banged out Your Song, Sixty Years On, Levon and
other hits he wrote before he came out as gay.
John disappointed some gay rights activists after the California ban, known
as Proposition 8, passed in 2008 when he said he had no desire to get married
and was satisfied with the civil partnership he and his longtime partner, David
"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," he said at the time.
But Sir Elton was singing a different tune at Wednesday's concert, which
raised $3 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He praised the
effort to overturn the ban and promised to do everything he could to support
it, even though he is British.
"As a gay man. I think I have it all," he said. "I have a
wonderful career, a wonderful life. I have my health, I have a partner of 17
years and I have a son. And you know what, I don't have everything, because I
don't have the respect of people like the church, and people like politicians
who tell me that I am not worthy or that I am 'less than' because I am gay.”
He then punctuated his remark with an expletive, to cheers and applause from
Furnish and John became parents to a baby boy on Christmas Day. Their son,
Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born in California through a surrogate
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