Singer Belinda Carlisle says she backs
gay marriage because her son is gay.
In a newly released interview with gay
Advocate, Carlisle says she supports the institution because
she wants what's best for her son James Duke.
“My son is gay, and I want the best
for him,” Carlisle, 51, said in explaining why she starred in a
public service announcement last year for marriage equality.
“I don't understand why gay marriage
is such a divisive issue in the first place,” she added.
Carlisle explained that she recorded
the video in her backyard after her son got her riled up on the
“I've been always been really
opinionated, and I think at this point in my life I don't have a lot
to lose by saying what I feel.”
Carlisle, who first gained fame as a
member of the all-girl band the Go-Go's, also said her son's
announcement at 15 that he's gay took her and her husband by
“The first thing I thought about was
how difficult it could be for him,” she said. “It was a big,
intense process. It took six months to a year for the dynamics in
our family to adjust, but I wouldn't want him any other way,
Carlisle will release her 272-page
memoir Lips Unsealed by publisher Crown on Monday.