- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2014

Elton John argued Sunday that Jesus Christ would support the idea of two gay priests tying the knot and that the celibacy vow among clergy is an “old and stupid” rule that should be abolished.

“The new Pope has been wonderful; he’s excited me so much,” the 67-year-old Grammy winner told Sky News. “He’s stripped [the Church] down to the bare bones and said it’s all basically about love.”

Mr. John, who hopes to marry David Furnish some time next year, said gay clergy should be allowed to marry and have sexual relationships.

“These are old and stupid things. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen,” he said.

“He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that’s what the church should be about.”

Mr. John told Sky News that the global fight for gay rights was stalling and that he planned to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin in November.

“Globally, we seem to have gone backwards over the last 18 months,” he said. “I will see Putin and talk to him. I don’t know what good it will do though.”

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