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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Miley Cyrus pens essay in support of same-sex marriage

Miley Cyrus (Robyn Beck - AFP/Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus has taken another step away from her country darling, Disney actress beginnings toward being a politically active adult. Yes, that Miley Cyrus.

In the new issue of Glamour, Cyrus talks about why she had an equals sign tattooed on her ring finger in support of same-sex marriage. She writes of the ink, which sparked some backlash from some of her fans:

I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?

Cyrus for the NOH8 campaign. (Adam Bouska - Courtesy of NOH8 Campaign)
Cyrus, who recently posed for the NOH8 campaign, a photo project that opposes California’s Proposition 8, goes on to talk about how her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, “who is a real man's man,” also supports same-sex marriage: “If my father can do it, anyone can.”

Whether or not you agree with Cyrus, it’s pretty amazing to see the 19-year-old taking such a vocal stand on a polarizing issue, a la George Clooney or Matt Damon. Granted, she’s still being pictured with stupid cakes and swearing around children. and has a long way to go before she has Clooney-esque credibility.

And, of course, Cyrus is far from the first celebrity to openly support and fight for same-sex marriage and gay rights.(Gaga is a huge supporter.)

So Celebritology readers, what do you think of Cyrus’s essay? Tell us in the comments.

[via Buzzfeed]

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