Rush Limbaugh gets married, and Elton John is the wedding singer

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Rush Limbaugh got married on Saturday night to Kathryn Rogers in Palm Beach, Fla., complete with 400 guests, no media, a high-flying shout-out from the folks at Gawker and music by Elton John.

Among the folks trading the worlds of politics and political commentary for the Ponce de Leon ballroom at the Breakers hotel: Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Elton has been slammed by some over saying yes to Rush’s offer -- the civil-partnered gay man who reportedly kept the hotel staff hopping is said to have hauled in a million bucks for his night’s work at Limbaugh’s fourth such celebration of nuptials. But before you clutch your pearls in shock ...

... over the whole affair, recall that John recently played in Morocco. He’s also shared a stage with and is a friend of Eminem, a rapper not exactly campaigning loudly for gay rights. Perhaps conservative and liberal streams can indeed cross without creating a rip in the space-time continuum -- though further complicating the issue is the fact that the bride is a descendant of President John Adams, who was neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but a Federalist (not that that party helped one-term Adams much, what with Vice President Thomas Jefferson nipping at his heels and all).

~~ Seriously, though -- has anyone checked today to see if south Florida’s still showing up in the usual spot on the GPS? ~~


[Updated at 4:09 p.m., June 7, 2010: An earlier version of this post referred to the singer twice as ‘married’; in fact, he and David Furnish are in a civil partnership. Elton in 2008 spoke out in favor of same-sex civil partnerships or unions rather than same-sex marriage.]

According to Zev Chafets, author of a new book about the radio host, Limbaugh ‘regards homosexuality as, most probably, biologically determined, and while he opposes gay marriage as culturally subversive, he has no problem with gay civil unions -- which is the stance of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He drinks adult beverages, smokes cigars, and is not exactly a shining example of family values.’

That last bit suggests a good time would’ve been had by all at the reception.

Limbaugh and Rogers, who met in 2004 at a charity golf tournament, had been dating for about three years. What, nobody’s yelling about a guy who’s 59 marrying a woman who’s 33? At least John picked someone -- David Furnish -- only 15 years his junior.

Oh, wait -- it’s South Florida, and Limbaugh’s a little bit rich. Never mind.

Good luck to the newlyweds.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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