David Furnish says gay marriage is ‘next great battle’

Sir Elton John's husband compares campaign for gay marriage to black civil rights movement

David Furnish says gay marriage is ‘next great battle’
30 April 2012

Elton John's husband David Furnish says gay marriage is the next battle in the equal rights movement.

The Canadian filmmaker compared the global campaign to legalize same-sex marriage to the black civil rights movement in the US.

'I think we’re living in really pivotal times. It’s the next great battle,' the Canadian filmmaker told the Metro.

‘Look at the history of civil rights relating to people’s nationality and color.

'Black people were getting the right to vote in America not that long ago – within lifetimes – and parts of the world, where women don’t have any rights at all or have very limited rights.'

Furnish, who entered a civil partnership with the Rocket Man singer in 2004, spoke to the British newspaper amid growing opposition from religious leaders to the UK government's plans to give gay couples equal marriage rights.

A 12-week public consultation on gay marriage was launched by equalities minister Lynne Featherstone last month.

Despite civil partnerships being introduced in 2005, giving gay couples equal legal rights, the change in the law would allow partners to be able to take the same vows and commitments as straight couples.

Furnish added that he feared gays and other minorities were ‘often living in a human rights ghetto’ but praised world leaders, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron, for threatening to cut aid to countries which criminalize LGBT people.

However, he said the way forward was 'to be pushing more and more towards inclusiveness, where we’re all just rubbing shoulders together.'



No thumbnail available

Gay woman axed to death in Swaziland

Mother and girlfriend are mourning the loss of their loved one
No thumbnail available

Radio host doubts Christians called Kansas waiter a 'fag'

In the world of Sandy Rios, Christians are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice
No thumbnail available

Gay theatre sees record box office figures

Above The Stag theatre celebrates successful year with new production Sleeping With Straight Men
Virginia Tea Party Republican EW Jackson denies making anti-gay statements caught on camera

Virginia Tea Party Republican EW Jackson denies making anti-gay statements caught on camera

The Tea Party Republican who is running to be Lieutenant Governor of Virginia has denied making homophobic statements that were caught on tape and broadcast including that gay people are ‘very sick psychologically’
No thumbnail available

Boston mayor says anti-gay Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in his city

Thomas M. Menino: 'We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Equal marriage will send a clear signal to society

As the UK government confirms plans for gay marriage equality in England and Wales, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says it will gradually improve society
No thumbnail available

‘Joke’ about parents rejecting lesbian teen wasn’t funny but was ‘true’

A spoof article about claimed parents wre putting their daughter up for adoption because of her sexuality – but parental rejection is no joke for real LGBT teens
No thumbnail available

Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins named one of 100 Most Influential People

Brooklyn Nets player makes Time Magazine's annual list along with Beyonce, Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin and Miley Cyrus
No thumbnail available

Lesbian bludgeons lover with hammer in Facebook friend feud

Jealous woman in the Philippines attacks lesbian girlfriend after victim refused to 'unfriend' her ex-lover