Tracy Morgan voices support for gay marriage after apologizing for homophobic comments
BY Joe Gracely
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, June 14th 2011, 4:00 AM
Michael Loccisano/GettyTracy Morgan is still apologizing for homophobic comments made during a comedy show.
Tracy Morgan has already apologized for the homophobic rant he gave at a comedy show earlier this month, but now he's going even further - coming out as a supporter of gay marriage.
"I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want to; gay, white, black, male or female," Morgan told Simmons.
And when Simmons emphasized the timeliness of this issue, "as we try to get gay marriage passed in New York," Morgan jumped at the chance to lend his voice.
"Let me know where the rally's at, Russ," he said. "I'm there!"
Morgan, 42, came under fire late last week after a man who attended his June 3 show in Nashville posted a Facebook note voicing outrage at the comedian's act, during which he called homosexuality a choice and threatened to kill his son if he were to come out as gay.
During his interview with Simmons, Morgan made efforts to explain his comments though he ultimately deemed them "indefensible."
"I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered," Morgan said. "And sometimes as a result I say really stupid s---."
"If I had a gay son," he went on, "I would love him just as much as if he was straight... I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society."
A regretful Morgan explained, "Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone."
The comedian continued by speaking out against the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that Congress repealed last year, saying, "You should have the right no matter who you are to protect and serve our country."
Morgan's deepest apology was aimed at the victims of homophobic bullying, who he reportedly told to stop "whining" during his heavily-criticized act.
"What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying," he said. "I would never want any young person to think that I wasn't on their side and if any young person thinks they can bully a young kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you. Or Brooklyn if you can't make it into Manhattan."
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