Elton John's Column on Same-Sex Marriage
Elton John only made a brief statement following last Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage. In his role as an occasional guest columnist for Variety, he has gone into depth about that historic day. Highlights include:
"This past December, I married the love of my life, David Furnish. In a world where nearly three-billion people live in countries that outlaw homosexuality, and where gay marriage is legal in only 21 nations, David and I know how lucky we are to love one another openly, proudly and legally.
"But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting to one day have the opportunity to wed, their struggle is about more than the right to marry. It's about equality. The goal of the gay rights movement is less about walking down the aisle and more about walking down the street -- with dignity, with pride, and without fear of harassment or discrimination.
"The link between discrimination and HIV is clear. To fight AIDS, therefore, we must fight injustice. We must work together to address the inequality at the heart of many social challenges, from poverty to drugs, and from illiteracy to incarceration. It's easy to think of each of these issues in isolation, but in truth they share the same root cause.
"And that's why the fight for marriage equality is so very important. It isn't just about marriage. And it isn't just about the gay community. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to have the same rights and protections under the law. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to be treated with compassion and dignity. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'
"I am so proud of the role that my fellow performers and musicians, as well as caring business people in our industry, have played in advocating for gay rights and marriage equality. But gay marriage is one fight in the long struggle against discrimination and inequality that we must and will carry on."