Folk singer Michelle Shocked on Monday
denied accusations that she is homophobic.
Appearing on CNN's Piers Morgan
Tonight, Shocked told host Piers Morgan that she is not opposed
to gay relationships or marriage equality.
The interview comes nearly two weeks
after Shocked, who once self-identified as bisexual, went on an
anti-gay rant, telling an audience in San Francisco that allowing gay
and lesbian couples to marry “will be the signal for Jesus to come
Many venues responded by canceling the
singer's upcoming appearances.
“Let's try and keep it simple for the
audience, because you were born a Mormon, you converted to become a
born again Christian, and many Christians have views about gays and
about gay marriage, and other issues. Are you somebody that objects
to a gay lifestyle and to gay marriage?” Morgan asked after
Shocked twice dodged the question, “Are you homophobic?”
“I am for the last ten years so
deeply in love with a man, that the idea of living my life without
him is impossible. I know how much I love him. And knowing that
passion that I have for him, would I ever want to deny that to anyone
else: Absolutely not.”
“So you're not homophobic?”
“If you want to keep this simple for
the audience, let me just give you a straight no, I'm not
homophobic,” said Shocked. (The video is embedded on this page.
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