Melissa Etheridge on Rick Warren: The Choice is Ours Now
Openly gay singer Melissa Etheridge said Monday afternoon that she's willing to work with pastor Rick Warren, whose critics accuse him of making anti-gay statements.
Etheridge said that she had a change of heart after she and Warren were both invited to make appearances at the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Saturday (December 20th). She wanted to cancel when she heard he'd be there, but reached out to him instead. The day of the event, he called her. In a blog post on HuffingtonPost.com, she writes, "Before I could say anything, he told me what a fan he was. He had most of my albums...this didn't sound like a gay hater."
Etheridge said Warren told her that he struggled with California's Proposition 8, which established the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He said he decided to support it because he didn't want to see marriage redefined. He also apologized for his "poor choice of words" in a speech that associated gays with pedophiles and those who commit incest.