Playboy founder Hugh Hefner reaffirms support for same sex marriage

Iconic Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

86-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has added his name to the growing list of celebrities to support gay marriage. The randy octogenarian has some very direct comments on the topic. In an editorial from the September issue of his magazine, Hefner says the struggle for gay marriage is a “struggle for all our rights.”

“Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom,” Hefner writes. “Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life.”

This isn’t Hefner’s first time to speak out on the topic. Back in 1955, the entrepreneur published a controversial story in his magazine entitled “The Crooked Man,” a short science-fiction story by Charles Beaumont. The story reportedly depicts a society in which homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuals are persecuted. Hefner was put on the defensive for his decision, and spoke on the subject in the 2009 documentary film, “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.”

“If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society, then the reverse was wrong too,” Hefner said in response to the criticism.

When asked to comment on the story after the documentary’s release, Hefner told news agency The Daily Beast “The idea that the concept of marriage will be sullied by same-sex marriage is ridiculous. Heterosexuals haven’t been doing that well at it on their own.”

Read more on Hefner and his comments here. And as always, we welcome your comments.

 

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