OMG! Elton John, you’re breaking my heart. And getting used by Yes-on-8 fund raisers in the aftermath of the passage of ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex marriage in California. In an interview with USA Today the openly gay icon–who united with partner David Furness in a 2005 English civil ceremony– said:
I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. 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. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.
Elton, Sir Elton, I respectfully say, “You’re wrong!” While in the United Kingdom, civil unions grant all the rights of marriage in California, partners civil unions are granted the same 400 state rights as marriages but–and this is a huge but– are ineligible for the 1069 federal marriage rights, should the Defense of Marriage Act be overturned. President-elect Barack Obama’s political platform calls for a full repeal of DOMA.
Sir Elton’s comments, made November 12 before the start of his annual Elton John AIDS Foundation dinner in New York–Anderson Cooper hosted and Gladys Knight performed– are now being used by the Yes-on-8 campaign and are featured the Protect Marriage website.
Jeff Flint, manager of the Yes-on-8 campaign, sent out an e-mail solicitation Thursday citing Sir Elton’s remarks. Prominent on the e-mail is a large red button that says: Donate. The email also decries the protests and alleged vandalism.
Money raised through the Yes on 8 email solicitation featuring Elton John will be used in the coming court battle over Proposition 8.
Damn, and I had just planned a trip to see Elton’s Vegas show, The Red Piano.