Miley Cyrus (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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)

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]