Musician Rufus Wainwright, a gay man who was previously against the notion of legalizing same-sex marriage, has changed his tune now that he finds himself in a predicament where he now wishes he could marry his foreign-born partner. Rufus has been in a relationship with German arts administrator Jörn WeisBrodt, who he describes as the “light of [his] life”, for about 5 years and now wishes the couple could marry … so now he’s speaking out about his new-found support for the legalization of same-sex marriage:
Rufus Wainwright is supporting the fight to legalize same-sex unions in the U.S. because he’d love to marry his longterm partner Jorn WeisBrodt. The singer has credited German theater producer Jorn with inspiring him to speak out for gay rights, insisting he never wanted to settle down before meeting his partner. But Wainwright is frustrated by laws that keep the couple from sealing their union. He says, “I have been with Jorn for five years and he’s the light of my life. He’s my inspiration, support and he’s good in the sack, too! But I am very aware of living in the U.S., of the conundrum that you can’t marry your gay partner and give him citizenship. He has to apply for a green card and he may or may not get accepted, which is annoying when you’re in a committed relationship. If we were straight, we could get married and he’d get his American passport and it would make a lot of sense. I wasn’t a huge gay marriage supporter before I met Jorn because I love the whole old-school promiscuous Oscar Wilde freak show of what ‘being gay’ once was. But since meeting Jorn that all changed.”
First and foremost, I am thrilled that Rufus has finally seen the light (of his life) and is now on board with the push to legalize same-sex marriage in this country. While I’m a bit disappointed that Rufus didn’t decide to lend his support to marriage equality until he felt the need to marry, I am very pleased that he is now actively speaking out on the issue. I am 100% utterly convinced that same-sex marriage will be legal in the US and I hope to see it become a reality in my lifetime. The more people speak out (whether they fully identify or not) on the issue, the better chance we have to make it become a reality. I’m actually very happy that Rufus found someone to make an honest man out of him. I wish him and Jörn all the happiness in the world … and hopefully a happy wedding day soon.