Singer Sir Elton John believes Jesus would have supported allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

During an appearance on Sky News' Murnaghan, John discussed plans for his upcoming marriage to partner David Furnish with host Dermott Murnaghan. John and Furnish are in a civil partnership and raising two sons.

“We can't get married this year because we had a civil partnership and I think the government kind of messed that one up so we can't get married until next year,” John said. “However when we do do it, it will be very quiet and very off the cuff. We had our big shebang when we had our civil union but we will and it is a great opportunity to take advantage of the new laws and to celebrate it. We are very lucky in this country to have that advantage and that position to be in, of being able to marry your partner. It's a huge way, we’ve come a long, long way and for that the church deserves credit.”

“Do you ever think the Church should allow its clergy, same sex clergy, to get married?” Murnaghan asked.

“Of course,” John answered, “and I don't see why Catholic priests have to be celibate, it's crazy. These are old and stupid things and the church hierarchy might be up in arms about it, the traditionalists, but times have changed, we live in a different time. If Jesus Christ was alive today I cannot see him as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that's what the church should be about.”