Rufus Wainwright has responded to an interview that appeared in a New York publication last week that quoted the singer as saying he was “not a huge supporter of gay marriage”.
Wainwright was responding to a question about the ban on gay marriage in California that went through last month. He was reported to have said: “Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter.”
Wainwright told the NY Press. “I personally don’t want to get married, but I think that any law or amendment to the constitution that deals with sex and love should just be banned in general.
Now, in a message posted on his website , he said:
“Recently, a quote from an interview was taken out of context and as these things go, it has appeared on many internet sites. So, to set the record straight (or shall we say gay?), I am not nor have I ever been opposed to anyone’s right to marry – straight or gay.”
The singer goes on to say that he is “appalled” that lesbian and gay couples in the US don’t have the same rights that straight couples do.
He stated: “I myself just don’t want to at the moment and feel a strong tie to the traditional bohemian concept of being a homosexual, ie: the last thing we want is to be like everybody else. But who knows, a girl likes options. Maybe someday I will want to marry! Plus, in terms of practical issues such as citizenship, taxes, inheritance, etc…it is appauling (sic) that LGBT couples don’t have the same rights and options that other people have and compared with Europe and Canada, the US should be ashamed of how they treat love.”
Wainwright also states that he has always strongly opposed Proposition 8, and will continue to do so.
“I have voiced my strong opposition to Prop 8 on many occasions and will continue to do so until that referendum is reversed,” he said.
–By our New York staff.