The New Jersey Senate has postponed its gay-marriage vote until next week -- but when The Boss speaks out in favor of LGBT equality, the debate's over. Sorry, New Jersey marriage haters!
Bruce Springsteen posted this statement ... --- on his website:
Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.
That's one of the best endorsements imaginable for marriage equality in New Jersey.
The far-right's reaction to the story is worth a chuckle. But, among all the typically adolescent homophobic remarks ("I knew he was a fag," etc.), I found the one by George76 to be most curious: "Well -- the good news is, this will clear a lot of space on my iPod."
The implications are staggering: The man is enough of a fan that Springsteen's music takes up "a lot of space" on his iPod. Yet he's willing to delete a bunch of his favorite tunes because of Springsteen's support of gay and lesbian equality.
(Now that's ideological purity! Even I'm not that hardcore; I still enjoy Richard Wagner even though he wrote that appalling essay "Das Judenthum in der Musik", which I and other sane people consider politically repugnant on many levels.)
I was searching for the most appropriate Springsteen song to embed, but Newsweek's Kate Dailey beat me to it. But it's a great tune, so I'll embed it anyway. For your viewing enjoyment, "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)":