Nick Jonas on Gay Marriage: "Everyone has the right to love and be loved"

By: Michael Matson

In his first interview with LGBT press and on the eve of taking over the lead in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway, Nick Jonas chatted with The Advocate about all things gay—and inadvertently came out in support of gay marriage.

Asked if he shares similar views on same-sex marriage as his friend, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, Jonas said, “My friends are my friends, and people that I’m acquainted with don’t necessarily share the same opinions as I do, and that’s how I’ll put that. My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that’s the position I take.”

The 19-year-old musician and theater veteran (Jonas' Broadway debut was at age 8 in Annie Get Your Gun) said Broadway was probably his “first exposure to gay people,” and though he was raised Evangelical Christian, Jonas explained how his upbringing was different than what many might think.

“My upbringing was faith-based, but we believed you should love all others as you want to be loved, because everyone should be treated equally. That’s helped me have an understanding of people on different journeys and in different walks of life. At the end of the day, we’re all the same, because we all want to be loved. As long as love as the key, we’re in good shape.”

Jonas, who stated bullying is "unacceptable" and that it “breaks my heart,” plans on working with the Trevor Project and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS once he joins the show.

Read the entire interview, Nick Jonas: Stage Brother