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Elton John: Gay Marriage Advocate Says 'F**k' You To Opponents

01/21/2011 11:50 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Elton John has changed his tune on gay marriage.

The legendary musician and gay icon performed at a $3 million fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights in support of marriage rights, and issued some harsh words for opponents of equality.

"It seems so ridiculous I could be with my partner for 17 years and we have a son, and my partner and I can't get married," he told the crowd (via AP), before issuing a "f*ck you,' to those responsible for keeping him from marriage.

It was a different sentiment than what he said two years ago, when Proposition 8 was passed in California.

"We have a civil partnership," he said, talking about he and longtime partner, David Furnish. "What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage," he said to USA Today at a gala for his Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2008. "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."

To him, marriage and civil partnerships were all the same.

"You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships."

Perhaps having son Zachary, via surrogate, with Furnish in December, has opened his eyes a bit.

"As a gay man. I think I have it all," John said on Wednesday. "I have a wonderful career, a wonderful life. I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years and I have a son. And you know what, I don't have everything, because I don't have the respect of people like the church, and people like politicians who tell me that I am not worthy or that I am 'less than' because I am gay."

John was married to a woman, friend and engineer Renate Blauel in 1984 -- the marriage lasted three years before he fully recognized his sexuality.

Interestingly, John recently performed at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh, a noted gay marriage opponent. He made a handsome fee for the effort: $1 million.

Talking about the performance, John said:

"When [Limbaugh] asked me to play at his wedding, my agent said, 'Well, of course you won't be doing it,'" John told the Telegraph of London. "But I said, 'Well, let me think about that first.' ... Limbaugh's not anti-civil partnerships, so maybe I can have a dialogue about that. I've put my foot in the water and so has he. I got on with him very well, got on very well with his wife."

For more on his comments at the fundraiser, click over to the AP story.

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