"It's way overdue. It's something that happened... almost without a whisper in England," Contactmusic quoted him, as saying. "Because this is a much more religious society, there are a huge number of people who want unions to be part of something that they can place in their religion," he added. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the US state tied the know on Tuesday, June 17, after state legislators overturned a ban last month (May08). California is only the second state in the U.S., after Massachusetts, to legalise gay marriage.