Willie Nelson Is Appalled Marriage Equality Is Still A Question
God bless Texas. Willie Nelson says some wonderful things about his home state, marriage equality and people minding their own business in the kind of interview that's just gonna make people all over the Internet type: YES.
Nelson told Texas Monthly's Andy Langer that love doesn't discriminated, and “love shouldn't be discriminated against.” He's firmly against the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and which the Supreme Court has been hearing arguments over this week.
Willie Nelson: … it's ridiculous to me that this is something we're having a conversation about this in this day and age,” he said. “I thought it was something that was settled a long time ago.” […]
TM: You've been a supporter of LBGT issues over the years. Outspoken even.
WN: I never had a problem with any of it. I've known straight and gay people all my life. I can't tell the difference. People are people where I came from.
TM: But where you came from was small town Texas in the thirties and forties. Was Abbott more forward-thinking than we give it credit for?
WN: We were a lot like New York City. [laughs] With shorter buildings.
TM: But especially for a Texan, and more so, a Texan playing country music, you came around to this idea relatively early on.
WN: It never came up. Gay or straight? Married, not married? It was never a question. And now there's fussin', fightin', and arguin' over it? Let's get off that and talk about guns.
YES. Well, except for maybe the more-talking-about-guns part.
I've seen a few comment versions of eye rolls over ‘everyone freaking out' about country/Southern folk being open-minded and socially liberal. It is true, they sometimes are, and people freaking out about it is dumb, but I don't see what that has to do with us now. I don't think either the interviewer or the people sharing this interview are particularly shocked that for a lot of Texans, people are people. I think people are into this Willie Nelson interview because it is fucking awesome, period. He's funny and he says things straight and his view is so obviously informed from a firm belief in love, equal rights and the fact that some things are none of your damn business. That's the American spirit right there.
It only gets better from there, so go read the whole thing.