GettyImages.com June 21, 2011 8:00 PM
Singer/AIDS activist Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, entered into a civil partnership in 2005, after a dozen years together, and had a son via a surrogate in December 2010. Although supporters of gay marriage were disappointed when the legendary artist failed to get behind the cause at first, Elton later changed his mind. "As a gay man, I think I have it all," he said at a benefit to oppose California's measure to ban it. "I have a wonderful career, a wonderful life. I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years and I have a son. And you know what, I don't have everything, because I don't have the respect of people like the church, and people like politicians who tell me that I am not worthy or that I am 'less than' because I am gay."