Unlikely bedfellows
February 2nd, 2011
11:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Unlikely bedfellows

Washington (CNN) - Elton John is expressing a newfound fondness for someone most would see as a foe, Rush Limbaugh, the outspokenly anti-gay marriage radio personality. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, to be released Friday, John discusses the thaw between the two, who many would expect to have a lot to disagree over.

John explained his reaction when asked by Limbaugh to perform at his wedding, "I could not believe when I was asked to play. I thought it was a joke."

Limbaugh wed Kathryn Rogers in Florida on June 5, 2010 in a lavish Hawaiian-themed ceremony. Photos of the fete are still available on Limbaugh's official Facebook page. It is his fourth marriage.

He further discussed his motivation to continue an alliance with Limbaugh, hoping that the camaraderie between the two will eventually morph into support for gay rights.

"I had dialogue with him before and he said, 'I'm not anti-gay, I want you to come, bring David' (David Furnish, Elton John's partner of 12 years, with whom he legally entered a partnership during a civil ceremony in 2005 and with whom he has recently had a son by a surrogate).

"My goal is for Rush to say, 'I support civil partnerships,' and if I rang him right now, I think he might agree. He was one of the first people to congratulate us on the baby."

Elton John was reportedly paid one million dollars to perform at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Later, in July 2010 Limbaugh made comments on his radio show that drew a distinction between his view on gay marriage and civil unions saying "Elton John is not married to David Furnish, and Elton John is not a supporter of gay marriage. Elton John is on the same page as I am, as is Obama on gay marriage. He's for civil unions, but he's not for marriage."

Elton John had spoken out on behalf of civil unions but recently appeared to go a step further.  At an American Foundation for Equal Rights event, he stated "It seems so ridiculous I could be with my partner for 17 years and we have a son, and my partner and I can't get married."


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  1. Anonymous

    rush is gay. everybody knows it. he never lived with any of his wives. they have their own house, and are paid very well to keep their mouths shut. its all a rouse.
    those trips he makes to the islands are for one thing only. little boys. sorry if i'm shocking any of you, but its the truth.

    February 2, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Freddy

    Ha! The US divorce rate is somewhere around 50%, probably more within 3~4 years and yet the right preaches on and on about the sanctity of marriage. Practice what you preach, ye hypocrites.

    February 2, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Sgt Schultz

    Rush must still be popping pills or something? Maybe Rush's mail-order bride requested it? That would make more sense.

    February 2, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Roscoe

    Why are Elton and Rush "strange bedfellows" ? Gay stories on Rush go back years. Like those who cling to the "Birther" stories, I will always believe Rush is a self hating gay who weds women to hide the truth.

    February 2, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. JenniferinVegas

    Sir Elton is a rich, English pop star who had what he, at the time, called a wedding (in ENGLAND!!) and said he considered himself married. He is not a civil rights leader, though his openness (finally) about his sexual orientation makes him an example that gay people do exist. Some are talented, but flawed like all humans. His money and status shield him from needing equal treatment in America, and again, he's is English. He doesn't HAVE to fight for that right across the pond. His situation is much different than the average gay couple, especially those with children. None of us can speak for all of us, but there are common issues most can agree on like equal treatment under the law.

    February 2, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Molesly

    Elton is a fool. He dance and prance around a man that is clearly anti-GAY. Talk about being a clown. Can't get any more despicable then that.

    February 2, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Bubba

    ReallY!!?, are you actually saying that Elton John is AGAINST gay marriage? I cannot begin to tell you how mistaken you are. Let me break it to you gently: Google David Furnish.
    "Rush, like Elton John are both against gay marriage. Marriage has always been bet. a man and a woman. Even Elton John agrees with that premise and respects it. Too bad the media can't seem to understand that distinction. U would think you so call thinking liberals could understand." It's too easy, like shooting a tame deer. Give us a tough one next time.

    February 2, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. james

    No Elton. what is ridiculous is you denying what you do is abnormal and perverted. Resisting the behavior is respectable...wanting most to see it as acceptable is unceptable...you did not come in this world by two men...you want us to close our eyes and common sense and se it your way...No way! It is a sin and you know it..

    February 2, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    I have always been a big fan of Elton John but this one is a head scratcher at best. Either Limbaugh is a big racist windbag ONLY for his talk show audience and it's all really an act, OR Elton needed the cash. I would hope it's the former and not the latter but I doubt it.

    February 2, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. UrAverageJoe

    Government should get out of the marriage business altogether. It's none of the governments business who someone wants to marry.

    February 2, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. redneckbluedog

    So, he'g good enough to play music and entertain but not good enough to deserve the same rights...like the jesters of old....

    February 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Matt

    Most gays I know skew toward fiscal conservativism and truth be told, they like an ordered society with statist reinforcement of traditional social mores...they just happen to be gay. You have a whole demographic that would probably benefit from small government, reduced taxation on capital gains and less regulation for small businesses, the only thing gays don't have to like about the Republican Party is their stance on homosexuality. If it weren't for the fact that born-agains are guaranteed voters, the GOP probably wouldn't pursue an anti-gay social policy.

    February 2, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. indyreader

    Is Sir Elton a US citizen – does he live in the US? I'm honestly not sure, but if not, it's a little disingenuous to compare his opinions and Limbaugh's as if they were apples and apples.

    Recognition of same-sex marriage in THIS country should not be a liberal vs. conservative issue. It's simply an equal-rights-under-the-secular-law issue. Check with Ted Olson.

    Also, when will all the religious reactionaries learn that marriage has not even been remotely as it is today within their own religions, and even more certainly has not existed within their religions for all history. It used to be about property rights and little else. It used to include many multiple wives per husband. It used to grant near ownership (and I'm being generous with that "near") privileges to the husband over his wife/wives. Learn a little history. Even your own religions have mutated their definitions of marriage over the decades and centuries. All this should be totally besides the point, even so, since secular, *legal* marriage as recognized by the state, and religious "sacred" marriage as recognized, possibly differently, by any given church are TWO SEPARATE THINGS. Why is THAT such a hard pill for regressives to swallow?

    February 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Ruby Gumshoe

    It seems that the one constant in Limbaugh's string of failed marriages is him!

    February 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    As a gay man, I don't find Limp-paw's reaction to Elton John at all surprising. Even the biggest homophobes proclaim proudly that they are gay-friendly...that is, when they need their house decorated, their hair done, or when..in this case..they need a big-named mucisian for their wedding. The notion that we would also be their minister, their boss, their president, their doctor, their child's pre-school teacher, or their son's HUSBAND would, however, be totally abhorrant to them. I don't see much growth...nor growth potential in Limbaugh's character.

    February 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Reality

    Marrige should be between a man and a woman only. Period. Why should two guys be able to receive the perks of a man and a woman couple. They don't have to spend the rest of their lives like we do stuck being with a woman. They can take each other fishing and hunting or to a sports game with no problems. At least give those of us in a man and woman marrige that license. It is like a medal of honor for the guy for his sacrifice:)

    February 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Darryl Schmitz

    Probably the missing piece of the puzzle that actually would put all sides onto the same page is that government causes this entire hostile debate themselves by portending to define, license and create tax advantages of "marriage". Once government gets the hell out of the way and instead of acting as the official sanctioning body for "marriage" becomes a passive observer of civil partnerships of all kinds only for the purposes of enforcing property claims and making custody determinations will this entire ugly affair finally work its way toward resolution. Once again, government is the cause of the problem, not the solution.

    February 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. N. Onnimus

    Rush Limbaugh is worried that gays will made a mockery of marriage when he's been married four times? What a hypocrite.

    February 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Dallas Opinion

    Chris... you are 180 degrees wrong. Marriage is NOT a religious act. It is a civil contract with the state where there marriage is performed, by a judge or any person the state confers that right to. You do not have to profess any connection to any religion to get married. Get your facts straight. The state doesn't care about your religion when you apply for a marriage license. You are welcome to attach any religious meaning you want to your ceremony, but that's all it is ... a ceremony. An non-believer who gets married at the county court is just as married as you are with your church wedding.

    February 2, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    :Limbaugh is nothing but a hate-monger whose nasty racist comments don't belong on the public airways. I can't think of anyone more vile or totally ignorant than Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. They represent the stupid like Michelle Bachmann, Palin, birthers and tea baggers. They are what the Republican Party has become at its core and the American People should run in the opposite direction. They are scary for the positive advancement of our nation. FOX should be fined by the FCC for the dangerous hate and violence-provoking garbage they promote. We should all boycott FOX until they get rid of these destructive idiots who spread lies to those too ignorant to turn it off. 2012 should be a year we toss out the Party of Hate and re-populate the WH, the Senate, and the House with all Democrats. Republicans have NO solutions for our issues. Where are the jobs Boehner? Where is one single positive idea and plan to help America? Republcans just want go backwards and bring down our country all because they are so bitter over being beaten by a brilliant black man for President.

    February 2, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Chris

    I think this pretty pathetic.....Although I like Elton John, it seems like he is trying to get approval from a man who means nothing to this world. Who died and made Rush Limbaugh the judge on what is right and wrong? We see these right wing hypocrites always trying to tell people how to live their lives and judge people on the life they live, only to find out they have skeletons in their own closet! Case in point was when Clinton was being pummeled by Newt Gingrich and others who had extra-marital affairs that came out later.

    Rush Limbaugh has been married 4 times! Do you think he should be commenting on who should get married?? What happened to "till death do us part'??? Apparently the vows he took under the guise of religion, meant nothing or are negoitable for him, but yet he will try to make rules for others?? PUH-LEESE!!!!

    The conservative right are always the ones who keep saying that they want to keep goverment out of their lives, unless ofcourse it meets their objectives. The only thing that hurts the sacrament of marriage are sleeze balls like Rush who act like it is a revolving door for the next fool who would marry him. You want to make marriage sacred, make it illegal to divorce and then you will see how sacred it will be.

    Elton, please do yourself a service and get some self-esteem and love yourself and quit wanting the approval of someone who could care less about your welfare. This fat gas bag, drug addict, womanizer is not the man you should place your approval in. How about showing your new son that loving yourself is the only approval you need!

    February 2, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. HAHAHAHA500

    Rush is a hypocrite. Always has been, always will be. He loves splitting and mincing words when it favors his extreme right public agenda.
    Elton John believes his lies, huh. I have a hard time believing he's that naive. That's a little disheartening.

    February 2, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. JPX

    I no longer have any self-respect for Elton John. Limbaugh espouses the evils of homosexuality on his horrible, hate show on a daily basis. Elton chose money over his principals. Gross. Also, It's also another example of Limbaugh not practicing what he preaches. Mr. Family values has been married multiple times. Mr. "Drug addicts should be executed" is one himself. The list goes on.

    February 2, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. JoBleaux

    Hah, Rush must be getting ready to come out of the closet. He's probably bi.

    February 2, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Marriage is a term for the religious union of a man and a woman."

    Taking that as 100% true, the word "marriage" must now be removed entirely from our laws based on the First Amendment. Thanks for admitting it. Civil unions for everyone. Wililng to accept that or do you insist that there needs to be codification in our laws that you chose the self-defined morally superior route?

    February 2, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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