Elton John Demands Marriage Equality in the UK

Elton John, who in 2008 publicly criticized marriage equality advocates in California for fighting for the word "marriage" and not settling for civil partnerships, has changed his tune, writing in The Independent:

John_furnishI know a lot of people, and perhaps especially religious people, will say that David and I should count ourselves lucky for living in a country that allows civil partnerships, and call it quits there. In most countries around the world, gay people aren't just disallowed from coming together in a legal sense; they are actually persecuted by governments because of their sexuality. Maybe we should just be happy that we at least have a civil partnership, and not push our luck.

Well, I don't accept this. I don't accept it because there is a world of difference between calling someone your "partner" and calling them your "husband". "Partner" is a word that should be preserved for people you play tennis with, or work alongside in business. It doesn't come close to describing the love that I have for David, and he for me. In contrast, "husband" does. A "husband" is somebody that you cherish forever, that you would give up everything for, that you love in sickness and in health. Until the law recognises David Furnish is my husband, and not merely my partner, the law won't describe the man I know and adore.


  1. Bob says

    Elton John is right you have to demand your rights not wait for them to give them to you. You have equal and Civil Rights you just need to take what is yours, Gandhi and Martin Luther King knew this and they took their Equal and Civil Rights and waited for no one, even if it meant they would be killed in doing so. That is what it takes to get Freedom, you have to fight for freedom or as they say Freedom is not free, you have to work for it.

  2. Paul in Honlulu says

    Is this the same Elton John who not four years ago said that he saw no reason to demand marriage equaity because civil unions were satisfactory?

  3. graphicjack says

    In the mind of Elton John: I demand marriage for me, my husband, my harem of young gay porn stars, my homophobic friends (Eminem) and patrons (Rush Limbaugh), and my god-mother monster. But not for Madonna. Thanks.

  4. GregV says

    I agree with him that LEGALLY he and his husband should be allowed the same license and same designations as everyone else. But they will still be marriage partners when they get a matriage license (and I frequently refer to married opposite and/or ssne-sex couples as marrisge partners.”
    I’d argue instead that David already is his husband (if not legally recognized as such) if they’ve made that commitment to each other, and that it would make more sense for the law to have no references to gendered terms.
    Two people could be legally refered to as spouses or marriage partners, for the same reason that the law should not differentiate between “male doctors” and “female doctors” or “priest” vs. “priestess.”

  5. StarGem says

    Elton sure has changed his tune from four years ago, his prior opinion caused me to lose much respect for the man, I’m glad to see he’s had a change of heart.

  6. Marc C says

    Talk like that will make me interested in his music again… of course that’ll be provided he doesn’t perform as pig-face’s next wedding.


  7. Tom Cardellino says

    Elton John’s so-called “evolution” on the intrinsically deeper value of the more meaningful term “husband” rather than the anemically fungible term “partner” is more a testimonial to the thickness of his skull and the lack of content therein than it is to his “commitment” to anyone’s social progress other than his own.

  8. ben says

    is this the same elton and david who go on vacation with a posse of rentboys? that’s a real family value. I wish he’d just shut up and let more positive gay role models speak for us.

  9. Lucas H says

    Good for him, I’m glad he changed his tune. I feel like his older comments on Prop 8 in California can now be forgiven. We all learn as we go, and he was raised in a different time.

  10. Lucas H says

    Good for him, I’m glad he changed his tune. I feel like his older comments on Prop 8 in California can now be forgiven. We all learn as we go, and he was raised in a different time.

  11. Tom Cardellino says

    Key Riced All Mighty, Lucas H! Prop 8 is not ancient history. The decimation it wrought upon LGBT couples only happened 4 mere years ago! When someone of Elton John’s stature could not empathize only 4 years ago with the vast numbers of LGBT folks who not only were already wed under California Law, but who continued to seek the automatic multiple-benefits of more than 1,000 rights commensurate with “marriage” and denied to mere domestic partners, then I’d say the addled old combed-over fool was way past his prime in being any sort of role model to anyone of any gender. Nor, could his dated and recycled musical “reanimations” inspire another generation that had in oh so many ways left him in his golden years’ dust. Elton was once a great musical “thriller” and entertainer while trying his best to maintain the most ludicrous pretense of “not being gay!” Now, he’s a has been with lots and lots of money, once again proving that capitalism never puts intelligence at the top of its requirements for success! As a senior peer of his, I see no reason to apologize for his monetary motivation to remain closeted for many decades. He’s rather dim-witted and profoundly dishonest by years of practice and by his inalterable nature. Bye-bye Elton… you can shut up from now on, okay?

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