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.'

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Bisexual porn star denies all charges in body parts case

Luka Rocco Magnotta is suspected of first-degree murder, defiling a corpse, and sending the parts to politicians
No thumbnail available

Halloween exorcist sends gay demon back to hell

US televangelist Bob Larson exorcises a gay demon
No thumbnail available

Vietnam celebrates Spirit Day

Gatherings in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang to spread an anti-homophobic bullying message in Vietnam
No thumbnail available

Gays go skiing

GSN’s guide to gay ski weeks around the world in 2013
No thumbnail available

Mormon Church supports Boy Scouts allowing out members but continuing gay ban on adult leaders

Church sponsors more Boy Scout troops than any other religious organization
No thumbnail available

t.A.T.u singer fails to apologize to gay fans in her apology to gay fans

Yulia Volkova said she would 'condemn' a gay son as 'a man has no right to be a fag'
No thumbnail available

George Takei and Clay Aiken to be on Celebrity Apprentice

Openly gay stars will participate in Donald Trump's reality competition on NBC
No thumbnail available

TV pro basketball drama Hit the Floor surprises with gay affair between star player and his agent

Adam Senn character of Zero had been in relationship with team cheerleader
No thumbnail available

Catholics sue topless feminist 'nuns' over gay marriage protest

Civitas, organizers of Paris's anti-gay marriage march, accuse Ukrainian activists of 'sexual exhibitionism' in front of children
No thumbnail available

Party Down Under through January to March

January 2014 is the beginning of the second half of Australia’s summer LGBTI pride festival circuit – with major pride events across the states of New South Wales and Victoria