Reporting on the despicable Rush Limbaugh wedding, People magazine mischaracterized the wedding singer, Million-Dollar Elton John, as an "outspoken gay-marriage advocate." Sir Elton, who’ll apparently sing in front of roomful of bigots anywhere if the price is right, is far from a proponent of marriage equality.
First, People‘s story on the blessed Palm Beach event:
Talk about an odd couple: conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and outspoken gay-marriage advocate Elton John.
But, according to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, the Rocket Man, 63, serenaded the 400 guests Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Limbaugh, 59, to Kathryn Rogers, 33, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of Florida’s fabled Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. Sir Elton’s fee: $1 million, the report notes.
Amid dozens of giant bouquets of white roses, reports the Palm Beach Post, guests at the wedding included former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; former Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett; Fox News commentator Sean Hannity; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft; former Clinton adviser James Carville and his wife, GOP analyst Mary Matalin; and golfer Tom Watson, among others.
And in what way is Elton John a proponent of marriage equality when he made these statements after the passage of Proposition 8 in California?
"I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership," John says. "The word ‘marriage,’ I think, puts a lot of people off.
"You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships."
No acknowledgement of the difference between civil partnerships in the UK and second-class civil unions in America, which go unacknowledged or are even used against the partnerees: "well, if the state intended to grant you marriage, they would have, so the word ‘spouse’ in our benefits plan clearly excludes you two!"
Of course, Sir Elton can make this all right very easily: donate Rush’s blood money, earned through bigotry and hate, to a marriage equality organization. Loudly, and soon.