Gay singer Rufus Wainwright has denied he refuses to campaign for same-sex marriage - insisting his comments published in a recent interview were "taken out of context".
Wainwright came under fire from gay rights advocates for quotes in a New York publication in which the star stated he was "not a huge supporter of gay marriage".
The singer has reportedly refused to become involved with marching and protesting against the recent passing of Proposition 8 in California - which reversed a previous law permitting same-sex unions.
But Wainwright states he didn't mean to make a stand against gay marriage - insisting he meant he wouldn't want to take legally binding vows himself.
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 have voiced my strong opposition to Prop 8 on many occasions and will continue to do so until that referendum is reversed.
"I myself just don't want to (marry) 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!"
And the star slams the U.S. political system for their treatment of homosexual partnerships - urging the country to follow in the footsteps of Europe and Canada.
He adds, "Plus, in terms of practical issues such as citizenship, taxes, inheritance, etc... it is appauling (sic) that LGBT couples don't have the same rights and options that other people have and compared with Europe and Canada, the U.S. should be ashamed of how they treat love."
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