Elton John has been a longtime supporter of gay rights and ensuring that equality is extended to everyone throughout the world. As the pop singer begins to plan his wedding to longtime partner David Furnish, he recently opened up about religion and sexuality in an interview with Sky News, published Sunday. John said he believes Jesus would approve same-sex marriage and would also support gay priests getting married.
The “Your Song” singer was asked whether he saw any “signs of hope” in the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis. John answered:
“If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that’s what the church should be about.”
He cited that the Church of England could learn from the tolerance of Pope Francis when it comes to gay rights. John said the pope has been “wonderful” in the progression of thought when it comes to gay marriage and also has signified the Catholic Church being about love. Sir Elton also said he believes that gay clergy should be able to get married and suggested that the vows of celibacy Catholic priests make be abolished.
Religion wasn’t the only issue John touched upon. He also vows to continue fighting to ensure all people across the world have access to the same rights. He said, “Globally, we seem to have gone backwards over the last 18 months, in certain areas.” John brought focus to Vladimir Putin and the current anti-gay laws in Russia. As he has been very vocal in his stance against the “vicious homophobia” that has been taking center stage in the country, John plans to meet with Putin to make some headway.
As far as his own wedding, the British singer hopes to keep it very quiet and “off the cuff.” John and Furnish already had a lavish wedding during their civil union, but plan to marry legally sometime next year. In the meantime he is dedicating his time to charities and towards the continued progress of equality.