PlayBoy founder Mogul Hugh Hefner came out in support of marriage equality. Hefner recently explained in the Sptember issue of PlayBoy that the struggle for marriage equality is in fact more then gay rights and to an extent I agree. Here’s how Hefner views the issue:
The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time. Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life.
Hefner goes further to explain that the religious views from the religious right are a hindrance not only in marriage equality:
[Conservatives continue] to assault the right of gays, whether by denying them to right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds. […]”
In closing, Hefner recognizes that despite the moral religious philosophy of this country, that religion should not stifle or limit the freedom of citizens in this country:
“This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one. … No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”
Hugh has always been known to have progressive and free thinking political views about our society and not confining himself to a particular partisan affiliation. A few years ago Hefner explained in Time Magazine that despite growing up in a conservative midwestern home, that his philosophy is to understand and know the differences in our neighbors. Sage words. Hefner also spoken out in opposition of Proposition 8 stating:
I believe gays should have the same rights as everybody else, and they should have the right to marry. We have a Constitution to protect us against mob rule. If we simply went by what is popular, black men probably wouldn’t have equal rights.
Sage words indeed Hugh. Though Hefner is known as a free thinker because of his empire, it’s unknown to many that Hefner has also been a longtime activist by being a protestor to the Vietnam War as well of his support for African American comedian in the age of racial segregation, and his support for blacklisted musicians. Thanks for your continued outspoken support for equality.