She's never been one to hold back when it comes to topics she's passionate about, and Miley Cyrus voiced her positions on numerous issues for the March 2012 issue of Glamour.
Definitely upset after Prop 8 was struck down in California, the 20-year-old "LOL: Laughing Out Loud" actress - who was spotted shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond today (February 7) - offered up a passionate defense for same-sex marriage in the magazine while also talking about the rights of Americans and her boycott of Urban Outfitters.
Highlights from Miley's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Glamour!
On the reaction to her tattoo picture on twitter:
“When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my twitter page and said, “All LOVE is equal,” a lot of people mocked me – they said, “What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!” And I said, “Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.” The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, “Dude, everyone lay off.” Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?”
On her defense of same-sex marriage:
“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?”
On her boycott of Urban Outfitters:
“One day I read online about the head of Urban Outfitters donating to a presidential candidate who does not support equality for everyone. I was shocked and disappointed that a company with such diversity would exclude such a large group of people. I can no longer bring myself to shop there.”
On her father, Billy Rae Cyrus’ beliefs:
“We all should be tolerant of one another and embrace our differences. My dad [country singer Billy Rae Cyrus], who is a real man’s man, lives on the farm and is as Southern and straight as they come. He loves my gay friends and even supports same-sex marriage. If my father can do it, anyone can.”
On the rights of Americans:
“This is America, the nation of dreams. We’re so proud of that. And yet certain people are excluded. It’s just not right.”