Slash Speaks Out On Proposition 8

Slash released a video with his wife, Perla Hudson, showing their support of gay marriage.

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Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash released a video with his wife, Perla Hudson, showing their support of gay marriage.

The video features Slash playing "The Star Spangled Banner" while Perla tells viewers, "I married my sweetheart. You should be able to marry yours too. Say 'No' to hate and 'Yes' to equal rights. Keep up the fight!"

Slash and Perla urge supporters of their cause to stand up for their rights and to visit JoinTheImpact.com for more information on upcoming protests and rallies.

Proposition 8 is a ballot that was passed in the state of California that effectively outlawed same-sex marriage in California. Following news that the ballot had been passed, mass protests erupted across the country and garnered the supports of celebrities ranging from Brad Pitt to Ellen DeGeneres.

Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

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    jefffelker40
    I hate it when musicians try and force their views on people, Slash has proven to me over the course of 2 months what an idiot and a hypocrite he is, I for one wish he would just shut up.
    musickman
    here's why i support gay marriage. say u and ur friend's names are both regular Dan. if you were working at an office, and your friend got a promotion. now he gets a raise, a new office, and everyone calls hims super Dan. well guess what? you got lucky, you got promoted too! but, as luck would have it, nobody calls you super Dan. and to make things worse, your raise wasn't as much as your friend's, even though you got the same promotion!! How unfair! all gay marriage is is a title and a piece of paper. land of the free, indeed.
    Cutlass_253
    Regression wrote: Democracy. From the Greek word demos meaning people and the suffix -cracy meaning government.
    Technically the US isn't a true democracy, its a republic run indirectly by democratic principles.
    Cutlass_253
    rusty-knives wrote: Civil union isn't the same thing as a marriage.
    But if it was it would (hopefully) prevent all this arguing.
    Regression
    bbbbrooks1 wrote: StereoFlare wrote: The more awareness brought to this issue the better, regardless of whether or not we support their opinion. There needs to be more of a discussion on important social issues (such as suicide, legalization or decriminalization of substances, gay rights, abortion and gun possession) and I'm happy to hear anyone speak their mind. Just because he's famous, or rather they're famous, doesn't mean that they don't have a say in the events taking place in their country and I, for one, would like to see more actors and musicians get involved. Now I will agree that people like Bono should shut up and sing as his various causes dampen his music, however Slash has yet to write about Prop 8 and until he does he has every right to discuss it. NO NOT AT ALL!!! They are MUSICians....NOT...i repeat NOT POLITICians.....there is a very fine line....Don't cross it
    Democracy. From the Greek word demos meaning people and the suffix -cracy meaning government. Just because you are not a politician does not mean you have no right to discuss political matters. In the traditional sense of democracy, the people literally made all decisions. Now we elect representatives, but by no means does that mean we lose our right to have an opinion or freedom of speech. It is called human rights, learn about them.
    rusty-knives
    Bucketheadroolz wrote: gay marrige is a sin. and marraige isn't for gay people, its for opposite sex's! you can be as gay as you want, but you cant marry! the bride is supposed to be female...
    Civil union isn't the same thing as a marriage.
    stradivari310
    i_am_metalhead wrote: marriage (n): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law You can't just go changing definitions! Don't get me wrong, I'm not prejudice - I have several gay friends, I don't have any problem with gay people whatsoever. However, marriage is the unity of a MAN and a WOMAN, you can't just go ****ing around with stuff like that...
    THIS.
    Kiffa
    I personally think that gay marriage should be legal, I think it is here in the UK, not sure though, but I am against Gay Adoption, not anything against homosexuals, but soley because of the shit the kid will get throughout their life, and it clearly would not be good.
    rusty-knives
    Cutlass_253 wrote: rusty-knives wrote: Civil union isn't the same thing as a marriage. But if it was it would (hopefully) prevent all this arguing.
    But no, it wouldn't. If it was the same thing as marriage then people would have every right to protest it as it would be a religious union.
    helvete_og_død
    shreducator wrote: Honestly, I would support the fags if someone could prove to me that homosexuality is ok. If it's ok, then why don't animals do it? Sodomy is a sin, and there is really no way around that fact. So power to Proposition 8, it's one of the few laws that is trying to help our country stay respectable.
    respectable by violating human rights? And animals do, do it. dogs, chimps, dolphins (especially dogs i've noticed {not too closely though!}) but yeah, plus i can't believe how minorities had such a strong support for prop 8. my mom was driving me home from school and talked to me about why i shouldn't support gay marriage; she said that in the bible it says that it is wrong. what's sad though is that about 60 years ago, some racist mother told her child word for word what my mom said to me, except instead of gays, it was blacks and mexicans. Then i asked her "what if the church (catholic) didn't want Mexicans to get married?" and she said "god loves all races, but not gay people, they are dirty and perverted and they have the devil in them". note like 10 seconds later she said "you should still respect them, but don't let them ruin the good, god-given name of marriage" (this conversation was all in spanish). and my language arts teacher who is from the Philippines is a self described god fearer and voted yes on prop 8. i should have told her this: what if you werent allowed to marry your husband {who is from romania} because people of YOUR religion quoted the bible YOU read to say that YOU can't get married? it just makes me sick how some people are so bigoted. IT IS 2008 GOD DAMNIT!
    Cutlass_253
    Being against gay marriage doesn't make you a "bigot" or "evil" or "stupid". All it means is that you have beliefs and opinions. Just because somebody doesn't agree with you doesn't make them any worse of a person than you are. Yes, some people who are against gay marriage are "ignorant" as someone posted above, but not all of them. The real "ignorant" people are the ones who refuse to listen to others, and there seem to be just as many ignorant people who support gay marriage as there are who are against it. As for Slash. I think its good he's standing up for something he sees as noble. I don't think its good he's trying to stir conflict on something that's been voted on already. If he really cared he'd of done it sooner, or would wait till next time, when something LEGAL can be done.
    guitarist41
    Nothing against gays. Hell, they're usually alot nicer people than your average joe, but to me marraige is between a man and a woman. Must be hard for gay people, living in this world, though... supporting gay marraige = bi-curious...nah I'm joking, of course
    Bamitchell
    cm_punk_fan wrote: and am i the only one who though this said slash speak out on preperation h?
    No...thats exactly what I thought
    cm_punk_fan
    soapalot wrote: jefffelker40 wrote: I hate it when musicians try and force their views on people, Slash has proven to me over the course of 2 months what an idiot and a hypocrite he is, I for one wish he would just shut up. Jesus christ, no one forced you to get on your computer, go to this website and read this article.
    actually exactly what he said... no one forced you t read this article and am i the only one who though this said slash speak out on preperation h?
    rusty-knives
    musickman wrote: here's why i support gay marriage. say u and ur friend's names are both regular Dan. if you were working at an office, and your friend got a promotion. now he gets a raise, a new office, and everyone calls hims super Dan. well guess what? you got lucky, you got promoted too! but, as luck would have it, nobody calls you super Dan. and to make things worse, your raise wasn't as much as your friend's, even though you got the same promotion!! How unfair! all gay marriage is is a title and a piece of paper. land of the free, indeed.
    +1 To add to this, though - Religion should have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW - Laws should be written to give people their basic human rights.
    Bunyip
    I really don't understand why people care if people marry the same sex. Its really rediculous that some people spend so much time and effort opposing somthing that doesnt really effect them in any way at all. does it make their life shorter? ah no. does it make them poorer? no, no it doesnt. Does it make someone a bad person because they want to marry someone of the same sex....guess what? the answer is no it probably makes them a better person because they are happy. It seems to me that people that oppose gay marriage get a sense of satisfaction seeing their fellow human beings in despair. (so who is the the more riteous? the person who outlaws gay marriage because an outdated book full of story's says it shouldn't be allowed? Or the person who has found love in someone of the same sex and doesn't preach to the world that they should be doing the same thing?) Seriously. Its a childish argument. It should be allowed so everyone can get on with their lives. We live in a changing world. get used to it because their aint a damn thing you can do about it. And its a short life this one we live so it's the loser that spends his limited time here dwelling on the negative. Just my 2 cents worth
    ayreon37
    There is nothing funnier than seeing a whole bunch of angry people screaming at each other on a forum that nobody of any real importance to the sides in discussion reads. I will say this though... you guys have used the word "ignorant" a lot less than most of the other forums I see. By the way, despite all the arguments I read (and I skipped ahead once people started repeating each other), I never once saw anybody give some kind of actual reason why Slash shouldn't use his fame to bolster his beliefs... way to miss that point, logic nuts.
    carlsbad
    jefffelker40 wrote: I hate it when musicians try and force their views on people, Slash has proven to me over the course of 2 months what an idiot and a hypocrite he is, I for one wish he would just shut up.
    Agreed.
    R3ACH_69
    wow.....thats just stupid! California spoke already! the people stated what they wanted so just because most of California just isnt ok with the idea of Gay marriage yet dont get all butt hurt! (hahahaha thats a pun for those retards who didnt catch it!) seriously just drop and wait another for years. you fags have domestic partnerships! its the same damn thing w/o the title of "marriage"
    axl-is-awesome
    oh my god im far from gay but this is a free country and what part of free means you cant marry who you want.slash was just like everyone of us while we are growing up...no friends hardly...love for music,and just because hes had success in life he gets crap for it..he has the right to an opinion(there goes that freedom again,shame on me)but seriously why not have every right possible if we can if its not hurting you.maybe you'll wake up one day gay.maybe not but still.it'd be one thing if you had to pay for the gay couples marriage but you dont. most straight people shouldnt have say in if someone gets married.alright an example,dee snider,i dont like him personally but he stood up for metal,he stood up to the man for something they said was wrong,and obviously if your on here you appreciate rock music.some people are so close minded its surprising.ok what if a gay person came up to you and said he was against straight marriage?it'd be a little different but the same situation.....
    danos1204
    You are forgetting the Bush administration was S***, but that's a whole other can of worms. Listen, I live with two gay people and I am around gay people a lot when they have friends over and parties and such. I have talked this issue over countless amounts of times till I was blue in the face. Bottom line: Civil Unions are fine between gay people, marriage is not. I don't give a s*** whether you are religious or not, this country was formed under the ideals of the Christian church and marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
    hard_rock101
    is it just me or is it become almost sterotypical for rockstar's wives to have huge tits?
    iloveashley
    I dont see why everyone makes such a big deal out of this. Slash is a person just like you and me and feels a need to express what he thinks. Just because he makes more money than I ever will and he is a musician doesnt meant he doesnt deserve a right to an opinion.
    Cutlass_253
    rusty-knives wrote: Cutlass_253 wrote: rusty-knives wrote: Civil union isn't the same thing as a marriage. But if it was it would (hopefully) prevent all this arguing. But no, it wouldn't. If it was the same thing as marriage then people would have every right to protest it as it would be a religious union.
    That's why the government should take religion out of gay marriage by calling it civil unions and entitling the same rights to married and unionized couples.
    Mobes52
    i_am_metalhead wrote: marriage (n): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law You can't just go changing definitions!
    Hmmmm... Actually, just a few years ago, the Bush Administration changed the definition of torture to "must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death" So, your wrong. If the U.S changed that definition, I'm sure they can change the definition of marriage.
    Your41Plague12
    Jazzcore23 wrote: I get a little sick of people freaking out about simple things like a person expressing their feelings.
    Hypocritical, much? Seriously. Let Slash express his views just as you wish to express yours over the internet.
    kaosfire
    srvkicks, the problem is they DONT have the same rights when it comes to things like property and visitation rights, adoption, etc etc.
    Ricky4635
    I'm straight as can be but, I think homosexauls should be able to marry. I don't see why they shouldn't be able.
    Gordita Supreme
    traceo wrote: Yea cause everyone who opposes gay marriage is a rebuplican and a bigot. He has as much right to his opinion as Slash does. This notion that opposing gay marriage makes you evil and a terrible person is a total load of bullshit.
    Not really. It does make you a bigot.
    AdemaOnYourHead
    Prince of Rinse wrote: I'm from England so you can't brand me as a Republican (well you could, but you would be ****ing stupid to as I stayed up until 5am just to watch Obama beat McCain), but I agree with the guy that posted first. Musicians shouldn't be doing this, it goes both ways. If John Petrucci released a video with his wife about how you should support anti-gay marriage, everyone would say "**** you, you prick" because he was supporting something that he has no right to. I wasn't aware that Slash was a man who wanted to marry another man, maybe he should stay the hell out of this? Seriously, celebrities should have no say unless it affects them otherwise. I agree with gay people marrying, it's cool, I just disagree with either sides of the arguement using celebrities to try and look cool. It's like celebrities making videos to make people vote.
    Nobody ASKED Slash to do this. He can say whatever and support whatever he wants. Oh, and by your logic, we shouldn't hate on Hitler so much since most of us aren't Jewish.
    Banana King
    Hahahaha "domestic partnership" is just a politically correct way to say "separate but equal".
    arethemad
    bbbbrooks1 wrote: StereoFlare wrote: The more awareness brought to this issue the better, regardless of whether or not we support their opinion. There needs to be more of a discussion on important social issues (such as suicide, legalization or decriminalization of substances, gay rights, abortion and gun possession) and I'm happy to hear anyone speak their mind. Just because he's famous, or rather they're famous, doesn't mean that they don't have a say in the events taking place in their country and I, for one, would like to see more actors and musicians get involved. Now I will agree that people like Bono should shut up and sing as his various causes dampen his music, however Slash has yet to write about Prop 8 and until he does he has every right to discuss it. NO NOT AT ALL!!! They are MUSICians....NOT...i repeat NOT POLITICians.....there is a very fine line....Don't cross it
    You're a ****ing idiot. The United States is a government that's supposed to be run for the people and by the people. Furthermore, by saying that, you're insinuating that nobody but politicians should have an opinion on anything political? How in the **** would we elect a president if people aren't allowed to have a political point of view?
    gizmodious
    Its a loveless world... Let them find love where they can. You should be allowed to marry who you love, regardless of if they are straight or gay.
    smoothie/92
    i LOVE slash as a guitar player but who is to try and preach political views? hes no upstanding citizen. and in interviews with him in the past he has claimed to be against gay marrige.
    Cutlass_253
    shreducator wrote: Honestly, I would support the fags if someone could prove to me that homosexuality is ok. If it's ok, then why don't animals do it? Sodomy is a sin, and there is really no way around that fact. So power to Proposition 8, it's one of the few laws that is trying to help our country stay respectable.
    Actually it is done in nature, and by the only animal that matters. Dolphins . They are the only other animals that have sex for pleasure, and as a result, who share emotional ties with their partners. And yes, those partners are on occasion of the same sex.
    zayG
    shreducator wrote: Honestly, I would support the fags if someone could prove to me that homosexuality is ok. If it's ok, then why don't animals do it? Sodomy is a sin, and there is really no way around that fact. So power to Proposition 8, it's one of the few laws that is trying to help our country stay respectable.
    people care about what is a sin or not? i forgot not everyone was a christian, let alone religious at all. why shouldn't someone have the choice to decide who they want to be with, or are you just one of those christians who are worried that something you are against is getting a foothold in the country?
    supersonic23
    jefffelker40 wrote: I hate it when musicians try and force their views on people, Slash has proven to me over the course of 2 months what an idiot and a hypocrite he is, I for one wish he would just shut up.
    Just because he's a musician doesn't take his right of opinion away.
    Cutlass_253
    ldl67 wrote: Marriage predates modern religion, which redefined marriage as being between a man and a woman. This argument of gay marriage redefining the term is just stupid.
    Well modern religion predates our government. By your logic that gives them more control over it than the government. Don't be ignorant. We're talking about the present here, and the modern day definitions (plural) of marriage. And for the people that say marriage isn't sacred, that's one view of people that isn't supported by everybody. I still believe marriage is sacred, and when and if I get married it will be to the person I am fully prepared to spend the rest of my life with. Marriage isn't "not sacred" because people get divorced. People get divorced (and married sometimes) because they forget that marriage is supposed to be sacred. Marriage is still far from a purely legal prospect. Don't get me wrong though, I think homosexuals deserve all the same rights as heterosexuals. But there's a lot of flawed logic here, and its coming from both sides.
    Cutlass_253
    gizmodious wrote: Cutlass_253 wrote: shreducator wrote: Honestly, I would support the fags if someone could prove to me that homosexuality is ok. If it's ok, then why don't animals do it? Sodomy is a sin, and there is really no way around that fact. So power to Proposition 8, it's one of the few laws that is trying to help our country stay respectable. Actually it is done in nature, and by the only animal that matters. Dolphins . They are the only other animals that have sex for pleasure, and as a result, who share emotional ties with their partners. And yes, those partners are on occasion of the same sex. Chimps too.
    Actually those are just hairy people.
    GIBSONroks6167
    well, its hard 2 tell whether or not this is sincere. he may be doing it to "look better," or he may really believe that. either way people, we DONT KNOW so shut up about it
    zapatista89
    bbbbrooks1 wrote: StereoFlare wrote: The more awareness brought to this issue the better, regardless of whether or not we support their opinion. There needs to be more of a discussion on important social issues (such as suicide, legalization or decriminalization of substances, gay rights, abortion and gun possession) and I'm happy to hear anyone speak their mind. Just because he's famous, or rather they're famous, doesn't mean that they don't have a say in the events taking place in their country and I, for one, would like to see more actors and musicians get involved. Now I will agree that people like Bono should shut up and sing as his various causes dampen his music, however Slash has yet to write about Prop 8 and until he does he has every right to discuss it. NO NOT AT ALL!!! They are MUSICians....NOT...i repeat NOT POLITICians.....there is a very fine line....Don't cross it
    so what is music without message, it is no longer art or expression, it becomes gray corporate bullshit like your soul seems to be