Bruce Springsteen (Pic: Craig ONeal)

As his home state of New Jersey prepares to vote on same-sex marriage rights, singer Bruce Springsteen has released a message backing the legislation.

“Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I’ve been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton,” said the star.

“I’ve long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same-sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that ‘The marriage-equality issue should be recognised for what it truly is – a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.’

“I couldn’t agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now,” he said.

While current Governor Jon Corzine supports the bill, the incoming Governor Chris Christie, who will take office in January, has said that he will veto the legislation should it be passed by the Senate.

Springsteen has won nineteen Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, and has sold 120 million albums worldwide.

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