Adam Lambert pledged his support for marriage equality in Maryland before thrilling a benefit crowd with an intimate, stripped-down performance.
Headlining a benefit show for Marylanders for Marriage Equality in support of Question 6, the referendum on the state's Civil Marriage Protection Act, the openly gay pop star noted, "When it comes to these types of conversations, it has nothing to do with what religion or where your moral compass lies...everyone has the right to choose whatever religious or spiritual path that they want to choose, and that's fine. But if I'm going to respect that path, you've got to respect my equal rights."
Thought he described himself as "not that politically minded," the "American Idol" alum nonetheless called marriage equality "something that I can wholeheartedly back up."
"Everyone has the right to just love who we love," he concluded before launching into "Outlaws of Love" off his "Trespassing" album, which topped the charts earlier this year. "You can go to your church, you can go to your synagogue...but give us equal rights under the law."
In other Question 6 news, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley stressed in a conference call earlier this week that another $2 million needed to be raised to defend his state’s same-sex marriage law ahead of the Nov. 6 referendum.
"We do need to raise another couple of million dollars, and if we’re able to do that I believe that we will pass this," O'Malley is quoted by the Washington Blade as saying. "And raising those dollars is critically important for our ability to be able to defend this at the ballot.”
'American Idol' Days
Though Lambert moved "Idol" audiences and judges to standing ovations with his weekly performances (including his acoustic cover of Tears for Fears' hit "Mad World") during the eighth season, he lost the title to Kris Allen.
Speculation about Lambert's sexuality began during his 'Idol' stint. One of the many articles to do so was this cover story in <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, though Lambert was not interviewed for the piece as contestants are prohibited from giving individual interviews while competing.
Coming Out In Rolling Stone
After "Idol" ended, Lambert landed the cover of <em>Rolling Stone</em>, finally speaking openly about being gay. "I'm proud of my sexuality," he told the magazine at the time. "I embrace it. It's just another part of me."
2009 American Music Awards
Of his steamy man-on-man kiss during his performance of the debut single "For Your Entertainment," Lambert now tells <em>The Advocate</em>: "Not everything is so premeditated as people think it is. There are things that just happen, there are things you just do. It was an impulse."
The controversial AMA performance turned out to be the perfect launching pad for Lambert's debut album, which contained hit singles like the title track and the Grammy-nominated "Whataya Want From Me," which was co-written by Pink.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Lambert took to The Ellen DeGeneres Show in early 2010 with a revealing interview and live performance.
Glam Nation Tour
After the release of his debut, Lambert embarked on his "Glam Nation" world tour, performing numbers like the high-energy "If I Had You."
'Outlaws Of Love'
Last summer, Lambert debuted "Outlaws of Love," a single off his upcoming 2012 album for the Sainte Agathe Festival in Canada. "All of things I've been talking about in the past year...a lot of them boil down to acceptance," he told the crowd. "This is a song I wrote about how it feels...like you're just running from the law."