Elton John to Play Concert to Benefit Challenge of Proposition 8

Elton John is set to play a concert at the "Green Acres" estate of Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.


Said Chad Griffin, Board President of AFER: “We are deeply honored to have the support of Sir Elton John. The American Foundation for Equal Rights stands for the enduring principle that all Americans are created equal, and believes that ending state-sanctioned discrimination is a critical step we must take toward ending the hate crimes and suicides that continue to claim the lives of young Americans.”

The concert is set to take place on January 19th. All proceeds will support the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the sole sponsor of the Perry case, which is being argued by the Foundation's legal team headed by Theodore Olson and David Boies, the opposing attorneys in the Bush v Gore case that decided the presidency. The American Foundation for Equal Rights is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Ticket information is available by contacting events@afer.org.

Considering his apparent enthusiasm for this challenge, and the foundation's mission, perhaps John could also refute earlier (2008) statements that civil partnerships are as good as marriage.

Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge that AFER is pursuing against Proposition 8, goes before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6.



  1. David Groff says

    Sorry, Elton, I still haven’t forgiven you for singing at Rush’s 37th wedding and taking his money.

  2. justiceontherocks says

    It would be better if he just turned Rush’s check over to AFER. Better for music lovers, anyway.

  3. Andy says

    I think she has dementia! I mean she already cozied up to Eminem after he put out a song mocking Versace getting killed, one of his best friends. His new bud, Rush, says that Elton is against gay marriage and only wants civil unions. So why is he doing a benefit to support gay marriage? Whatever, this batty old queen’s money spends the same as anyone else’s.

  4. pete says

    I guess the ol’ fart figured out that he’s a pariah after serenading Rush Limbaugh.

    No, thanks. I’ll pass.

  5. Tom in long beach says

    Re: Marriage vs. civil unions.
    Civil unions in the U.K. do have federal level rights that marriage at the state level in the U.S. does not. If we had the U.K. level of civil unions in the U.S. it would be a great improvement for all U.S. gays….
    People are allowed to change their minds. Great he is doing this. I think at the time 2008 Elton’s concern was the religious right’s hornet’s nest reaction to the use of the word “marriage”.

  6. db says

    I’m glad he’s finally trying to do something positive. Considering he’s been making damaging statements for years. At times I wish Elton would have retired some time in the 80s.

  7. B-rod says

    I’d be more impressed if this sad-sack of a singer would take the $1 Million she earned singing at Rushbo’s wedding and donate it to the cause. What we don’t need to is another concert from this backstabbing queen.

  8. Matt says

    I’m shocked that he’s not doing a benefit to support the defence of prop 8. He must have gotten confused. As they say in the U.K., what a wanker!

  9. Walter H says

    I wasn’t happy to hear AFER promote Elton John’s concert. I went to their Facebook page, where they’re promoting it, to say so. They deleted my comments; apparently they aren’t willing to have a debate. Good that they’re working for rights. But I won’t be supporting them. Any organization that works for rights SHOULD be able to have an open and honest debate – but AFER sure isn’t.

    Can’t stand Elton John now (for his Limbaugh support) and now can’t stand AFER.

  10. james Brown says

    Apparently Sir Elton has the evening off from “performing” for Rush Limbaugh! It’s like Gay Minstrelsy!