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Prince crashes into the gay marriage debate

November 25, 2008 |  8:27 am

Prince performs on ABC's Good Morning America First, Elton John raised questions about the fight for gay marriage. Now, Prince has entered the gay marriage debate. In the New Yorker, Prince is quoted as by writer Claire Hoffman as sounds perhaps less than supportive of gay marriage:

Recently, Prince hosted an executive who works for Philip Anschutz, the Christian businessman whose company owns the Staples Center. “We started talking red and blue,” Prince said. “People with money -- money like that -- are not affected by the stock market, and they’re not freaking out over anything. They’re just watching. So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

So began the damage control. Elizabeth Snead at the Daily Dish reports the aftermath:

According to Perez Hilton, the New Yorker piece is dead wrong. He quotes a source close to Prince as saying that the New Yorker piece is "grossly misquoted" and all wrong. .... But the New Yorker stands by its story. Prince's anti-gay statement is already reverberating around Los Angeles' gay community. At Train, a popular West Hollywood gym, openly gay spin instructor Tevia Celli told her packed Sunday morning class that she had removed all Prince songs from her playlists.

-- Shelby Grad

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