Music legend Elton John sat down for an interview with Britain’s Sky News this week and the “Still Standing” hitmaker offered some interesting thoughts once the conversation turned to the Catholic Church and its views on homosexuality.
Elton commended the church on its increasingly progressive view on same-sex unions. In fact, the singer believes, if Jesus Christ walked the earth in modern times, the Savior would likely stand on the more liberal side of the marriage equality debate.
“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 is what the church should be about.”
Interestingly enough, Elton’s own views on gay marriage have evolved over the years. In 2008, the pop icon said he was opposed to pushing for measures that would permit same-sex couples to marry.
The Rocket Man believed people of his persuasion should stick to civil unions and leave the marriage business to the heteros. It’s the word “marriage” that throws people off, Sir Elton explained.
“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. 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.”
Fast forward six years and John now plans to wed his partner David Furnish.
“We’re very lucky in this country, to be able to have that advantage and…being able to marry your partner. It’s a huge way; we’ve come a long long way. And for that the church deserves credit, too.”