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Adam Levine Q&A On Passion For Gay Rights

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August 14, 2012

Supermodel girlfriends, rumored spats with Christina Aguilera and the engine that has kept Maroon 5 running for 10 years - there's still so much more to Adam Levine. The adored frontman of one of the biggest pop bands, who recently told MTV that if he were president his first mission would be to legalize gay marriage, is also a straight ambassador for the gay community. With lots going on - judging this fall's third season of "The Voice," making his acting debut on Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" and touring with Maroon 5 - it's no wonder the band's latest album is called "Overexposed" (A&M/Octone Records). In this exclusive chat with the pop star, Levine talks how fighting for gay rights has little to do with him having a gay brother, what he really thinks of people who don't believe in marriage equality and if we'll see him, ahem, overexposed on "American Horror Story." Of all the things you could've said, why did you tell MTV that you'd legalize gay marriage first if you were president? It's just so silly and it doesn't make any sense to me that you wouldn't be able to marry whomever you want to marry. It's not our business. I don't know why we're obsessed with making everything in this country our business, all the time. It seems we're a little behind on that, and we just need to make it legal and stop caring so much. It doesn't matter. And it shouldn't matter. What would you say to other straight people who don't agree with you on the marriage issue? Listen, I'm always willing to hear all sides of all arguments. Anyone who doesn't agree with it is essentially putting themselves above other people. That's what they're doing. And that's not OK with me. People have their personal preferences as to what they want to do with their own lives, and they have every right to do that - just like a gay couple has every right to do that. It's just not anyone's business except the people involved. That's all I would say: "What makes you better than these people?" People have a million different justifications and reasons why they don't want (gay marriage) allowed, but it doesn't check out. Whenever I hear people's reasoning behind it, I think to myself: First of all, marriage isn't always successful anyway. Look at the divorce rate and all the things that go wrong with marriage. Whether it's gay or straight, there are issues with it. Clearly people have a hard time staying together, and that's just a sad truth about marriage in our society. People should be allowed to succeed and fail at marriage as they so desire.