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Willie Nelson on Gay Marriage: 'It's About Human Rights'

'People are people where I came from,' says singer

Willie Nelson holds up the Human Rights Campaign marriage equality symbol in Austin, Texas on March 27th, 2013.
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March 29, 2013 4:40 PM ET

Willie Nelson is leaving no room for doubt about his stance on same-sex marriage.

"It's ridiculous to me that this is something we're having a conversation about in this day and age,"  Nelson told Texas Monthly recently, adding that he has been closely following the two Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage.  "I thought it was something that was settled a long time ago."

In the feature, Nelson also poses with custom-made prints of the Human Rights Campaign's pink equal-sign logo. They include two Nelson-specific reinterpretations – one made with two braids, the other with two smoking joints.

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"I've known straight and gay people all my life. I can't tell the difference," the Texas native added. "People are people where I came from."

Nelson said he's never seen any reason why same-sex couples shouldn't be allowed to wed – "[gay people] should be just as miserable as the rest of us," he joked – and couldn't believe that such a question was still being debated so fiercely. "We'll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this."

"It's about human rights," Nelson said. "As humanity, we've come through so many problems from the beginning to here. I guess it finally had to come around to this. This is just another situation, another problem. We'll work it out and move on."

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