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Jan 23, 2011 10:50 PM by Chris Welty

Elton John Feels like 'Second-Class Citizen'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sir Elton John is "fed up" with being a
treated like a "second-class citizen" in the U.S.
That's why the 63-year-old gay singer said he took a stand last
week during a performance at a private Beverly Hills fundraiser for
the ongoing legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban. The
outspoken British piano man, who became a parent to a baby boy on
Christmas Day with partner David Furnish, added that "as I get
older, I get more angry about it."
"In this country, we need more dialogue," he said during an
interview Friday. "We don't need any more stone throwing. We don't
need any more vitriol. We need people to say, 'OK. I'm straight.
You're gay. Let's get along. I'm Republican. You're Democratic.
Let's work together.' I'm sick and tired of people being hateful to
each other in this country."
John disappointed some gay rights activists after California's
Proposition 8 banning gay marriage passed in 2008 when he said he
had no desire to get married and was satisfied with his civil
partnership in England. He sang a different tune Wednesday when he
praised the effort to overturn Proposition 8 and promised to do
everything he could to support it, even though he is British.
The couple's son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born
in California through a surrogate mother. John said he was
disappointed that members of the Church of England questioned his
parenthood in the days following his son's birth. He insisted that
he's not against religion and that "Jesus was a wonderful,
compassionate man, who forgave on the cross."
"Everyone is entitled to have their own beliefs and their own
spirituality," said John. "The big difference is that the dogma
of the church can be so hateful and divisive. It's stuck in the
stone age. We don't live in the stone age anymore. The church is
losing people left, right and center because people are fed up with
the rhetoric that they're giving them."

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