Singer praises New York for 'having the balls to stand up for what's right'

Justin Timberlake has praised New York legislators for legalising gay marriage in the US State.

Speaking to The Advocate (via Pinknews.co.uk), the singer, who is currently promoting new film Bad Teacher, said he applauded New York for “having the balls to stand up for what’s right”.

Timberlake said of the legalisation: “I was stoked that that happened. We should be using our differences to bring ourselves closer together and not be afraid of something that we don’t know. I have a lot of guy friends who are gay.”

He continued: “Two of my best friends are a couple, and my conversation with them is, like, it’s unfortunate that things take a while to progress like this, but it was a great victory for equality. I’m proud New York has the balls to stand up for what’s right.”

Timberlake has recently been in the news after being named as “the new creative force” behind MySpace.

Tim Vanderhook, CEO of Specific Media, which bought MySpace on Wednesday (June 29) for $35 million (£22 million), has said that Timberlake will play a major role as his company attempts to rescue the struggling social network.

The singer is rumoured to be investigating the possibility of launching an X Factor style talent show via the social networking site.