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Miley Cyrus Speaks Out On Gay Marriage

She gives heartfelt explanation for tattoo in support of same-sex unions...

Miley Cyrus has spoken out on the issue of gay marriage, explaining why she got a tattoo in support of the right of gays and lesbians to get hitched.

The 19-year-old pop star got a heart and equality sign tattooed on her finger last year to stake a stand on the issue, which is a bit controversial in the US.

And now she has used an editorial in Glamour magazine to explain her feelings on the subject in more detail.

She said: "Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn't marry.

"And you couldn't have that special day the way your friends do - you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person's shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.

"I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalised 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 colour?"

And she said that her dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was in agreement with her.

She continued: "We all should be tolerant of one another and embrace our differences. My dad 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.

"This is America, the nation of dreams. We're so proud of that. And yet certain people are excluded. It's just not right."