Singer Sir Elton John – who two years
ago famously denounced gay marriage – will perform this month for
the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a group formed
specifically to support a challenge to California's gay marriage ban,
Sir Elton, who
along with his partner, David Furnish, welcomed a baby boy on
Christmas Day, will
perform a concert on January 19 at the Beverly Hills estate of Ron
three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the appeal of Proposition 8
last month, but a ruling is not expected for months.
Sir Elton bitterly chided gay marriage
backers after voters approved the ban in 2008.
“What is wrong with Proposition 8 is
that they went for marriage,” Sir Elton told USA Today.
“Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word 'marriage'
… I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil
partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together,
they should have a civil partnership … Heterosexual people get
married. We can have civil partnerships.”
Sir Elton and Furnish entered a UK
civil partnership in 2005.