(NEW YORK) — International pop star Ricky Martin, famous for hits like “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and the star of Broadway’s current production of Evita, has come out in support of President Obama, endorsing him for the 2012 election.
The openly gay singer is hosting a fundraiser with Obama in New York on Monday just days after the president publicly declared his support for same-sex marriage.
“I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights,” Martin tweeted shortly after the president’s announcement last Wednesday. “Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday.”
While the fundraiser was scheduled weeks ago, it takes on a new significance following Obama’s assertion that “same sex couples should be able to get married.”
“I am proud to support our president,” Martin told Univision’s Spanish-language program Primer Imapcto after announcing the fundraiser last month.
“I believe Barack Obama has shown a deep conviction to help those most in need, even if their voices are not always the ones heard the loudest in Washington,” Martin continued. “He has also been an exceptionally strong advocate for the Latino and LGBT communities, leading us to precedent setting milestones such as the appointment of the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the repeal of [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell].”
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Brian Stelter, CNN
Jackie Wattles, CNN