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Toby Keith weighs in on gay marriage, military

October 1st, 2011 4:52 am by Associated Press

Toby Keith weighs in on gay marriage, military

In this April 3, 2011 file photo, country singer Toby Keith performs at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Toby Keith says gay marriage doesn't bother him and trying to stop it wastes time and money.

The country superstar tells "CMT Insider" airing Saturday on CMT that he doesn't see the reason behind getting into people's personal lives. He says refusing a marriage license to people because they are gay won't stop them from living together, so it accomplishes nothing.

Keith also weighed in on the military's now-repealed "don't ask, don't tell" policy that banned gays serving openly in uniform. He says that anyone with the training and passion should have the right to defend the country, adding: "Somebody's sexual preference is, like, who cares?"

The "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" singer has taken part in nine USO tours to entertain U.S. troops overseas.

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