According to the Associated Press, Elton John, 63, took a stand last week during a performance at a private Beverly Hills fundraiser for the ongoing legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban. John, who became a parent to a baby boy on Christmas Day with partner David Furnish, said, “As I get older, I get more angry about it.”
His son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born in California through a surrogate mother. When California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage passed in 2008, John said he had no desire to get married and was satisfied with his civil partnership in England. However, Wednesday he praised the effort to overturn Proposition 8 and promised to do everything he could to support it.
The source reports that the singer said in the interview Friday, “In this country, we need more dialogue. We don’t need any more stone throwing. We don’t need any more vitriol. We need people to say, ‘OK. I’m straight. You’re gay. Let’s get along. I’m Republican. You’re Democratic. Let’s work together.’ I’m sick and tired of people being hateful to each other in this country.”
He added, “Everyone is entitled to have their own beliefs and their own spirituality. The big difference is that the dogma of the church can be so hateful and divisive. It’s stuck in the stone age. We don’t live in the stone age anymore. The church is losing people left, right and center because people are fed up with the rhetoric that they’re giving them.”
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