Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, says he supports the legalization of gay marriage.

Critics of the 37-year-old rapper have called his lyrics homophobic.

In 2001, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), one of the nation's largest advocates for gay rights, protested against Eminem's anti-gay lyrics outside the Staples Center where he was performing with openly gay singer Elton John.

On Monday, the rapper drops his new album Recovery.

In discussing accusations of writing gay-bashing lyrics in the past with the New York Times, Eminem said the album is a reflection of “the new tolerant me.” And goes on to say he believes gay marriage should be legal.

“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want,” he says.

But Recovery is not free from controversy. In the song Elevator, he refers to three openly gay entertainers – Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken – with this line: “Sorry, Lance, Mr. Lambert and Aiken ain't gonna make it. They get so upset when I call then both fake it's.”

“Fake it's” in the song sounds more like fagots, but Eminem has remained mum on what he meant.