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Wainwright was taken out of context on gay marriage

By | Published on Friday 19 December 2008

Rufus Wainwright has said that a comment on gay marriage he made in a recent interview with the New York Press was taken out of context.

As previously reported, in the interview Wainwright was quoted as saying: “Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter. I personally don’t want to get married”, though he did add “I don’t think any government should encroach on what goes on in the bedroom at all. Frankly, if you want to marry a dog, why don’t you go ahead and marry a dog, I don’t care”.

However, Wainwright has now posted a message on his official website, in which he says: “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”.

“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 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. I have voiced my strong opposition to Prop 8 on many occasions and will continue to do so until that referendum is reversed. OK? I’ve got to get back to work now”.