Willie Nelson on Marriage Equality: I'd Never Marry a Guy I Didn't Like


Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about music, marijuana, and marriage — and, it’s for his thoughts on those three things (and those killer braids!) that he’s a stellar example of using celebrity for awesome.

In an interview with Texas Monthly, Nelson dives into his straight-forward feelings about marriage for all:

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.

Right?? Let’s get done with this simple shit so we can get right on other things. Can Willie Nelson run Congress? Can someone start a We the People petition for that?

He goes on:

TM: For better or worse, you’ve also grown into a reputation as something of an authority on marriage itself.
WN: I’ve been there and back a few times. It’s not perfect, so why should we expect it to be perfect for everybody?
TM: But to be clear, you think everybody should be able to get married?
WN: Absolutely. I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.


As for how this time will be remembered in history? “We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this,” he said.

Man, Willie Nelson gets it. I’m typing with one hand as I braid my hair. Don’t tell Mama, but I’ve gone to chase a country man!

The whole interview is stellar — check it out.

[Texas Monthly]

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