Former Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has spoken out in support of gay rights, slamming American politicians for refusing to allow same-sex marriages in the country.
Gay unions were made legal in California in August 2008, but the decision was overturned just six months later by state legislation Proposition 8, which ruled future same-sex marriages illegal.
Supporters were dealt another blow earlier this month (Dec09) when New York State's senate rejected a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage.
And Manson, who is currently carving out an acting career in Hollywood, is fuming about the decision.
She writes in a post on her public Facebook.com page, "So sad to read that the New York State Senate voted down the Gay Marriage Bill. It saddens and sickens me that modern government and society has learned nothing from history but continue the vicious cycle of ignorance and intolerance whilst quoting and twisting from a bible that at its root, preaches love and understanding and equality for all.
"Shame on all those who judge others so harshly that they will rob them of their civil liberties. Shame on those who will attempt to strip others of their dignity and their right to walk among us as equals on this earth. Shame on those who teach our children to discriminate and hate.
"Love is love is love is love. And it is rare and divine. So let all of us attempt to preserve it... in any manner we can. And by all of us, I really do mean all of us. Because lord knows there's certainly not enough of it flowing around us in this life."