Outspoken: Kathy Griffin, Sir Elton John, Natalie Portman and more…

“For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents. And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky.”

— Sir Elton John in a statement about the Dec. 25 birth of his son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. John and his partner, David Furnish, became parents with the help of a surrogate. (USWeekly.com, Dec. 29)

“Homosexuals are sexual predators.”

— Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James in an email about repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay servicemembers (WRAL.com, Jan. 3)

“It’s like having a resolution saying we’re going to be uber-sensitive to prostitutes and pedophiles because we don’t want them to get mad.”

— Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, reacting to news that the commission may pass a resolution opposing bias based on sexual orientation after his previous remarks. (WRAL.com, Jan. 3)


Top photo: Comedian Kathy Griffin (Publicity photo)