has thrown his hat into the Chik-Fil-A
debate, saying the discussion is a great example of Americans exercising the first amendment.
His comments coincide with news that Judas Priest
have started writing brand new material, after their supposed farewell tour ended in May.
The story began when Chik-Fil-A's president Dan Cathy
opposed gay marriage in a radio interview, resulting in both a protest of the food chain and some supporters queuing to spend money there.
Halford is credited as being the first openly gay metal musician, and told Noisecreep
how great it is to see people from both sides of the debate come forth and discuss the issue.
"If you really get into the heart and soul of this great country, it's all about the constitution and the First Amendment and the freedom of speech... Everybody in this country has the right to say what they think and feel and what best represents them. The people at Chik-fil-A have the absolute right to say and do what they want.
He continued: "What you're seeing here are the elements of the American Constitution in all of their glory. It's a wonderful thing to see happening and talk about and the fact that everyone is discussing the gay rights issue is great.
So what are Rob's views on the matter, if it isn't already obvious? "I don't think that man thought too much about the business consequences of what he said, but I think he was standing for what he believes in. I don't agree with him at all, but God bless the man. It's as simple as that.
Meanwhile, Judas Priest has started writing brand new material - the first without long-term guitarist KK Downing
who left the band last year. Rob says he and guitarist Glenn Tipton
have "a tremendous amount in the vaults already
" but says there's a lot of work before fans can hear it. "We'll see what we can do over the next couple of months, look at everything, lay it all out and then start the hard work of picking out the best material,
" he said.