Is Eminem Giving Up Gay-Bashing Past?

Have gay rights activists found an unlikely friend in Eminem?

The controversial rapper recently voiced his support for gay marriage to the New York Times (via Starpulse):

I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want. It’s the new tolerant me! My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.

Sure, it doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement for gay marriage (or straight marriage for that matter) but at least Eminem is acknowledging that he is moving in a more “tolerant” and “mature” direction.

The 37-year-old rapper has had a contentious relationship with the gays since he first broke out on the scene in 1999. He often uses gay slurs in his music and he got a lot of flack in 2009 when he called homosexual singers Lance Bass, Adam Lambert, and Clay Aiken “f**gots” on “Elevator.” However, he has also performed with gay musician Elton John and poked fun of his homophobic image at the MTV Movie Awards in 2009 when he took part in comedian Sacha Baron Cohen stunt where Sacha’s gay character Bruno fell into Eminem’s lap.

Given Eminem’s history with the gays, do you think that Eminem’s endorsement for gay marriage is a good thing?