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    Clay Aiken Takes Stand for Gay Rights..."And It's About Damn Time"

    More than a year after Clay Aiken announced he was gay, the former American Idol star is taking a stand for gay rights issues.

    "We have a great deal of more work to do," he said Saturday during the Human Rights Campaign dinner in North Carolina before a crowd that included former Family Ties star Meredith Baxter. "Our time is now, and it's about damn time."

    According to the blog Pam's House Blend, the 31-year-old "Invisible" crooner, who came out in September 2008, argued that the HRC is fighting for equality for everyone. He also addressed why he waited to reveal his sexuality to Claymates.

    "What the hell took me so long? I was waiting like so many folks are waiting…for change," Aiken said. "I realized the time for waiting has passed. The power of truth and living honestly is very liberating".

    Aiken has an 18-month-old son, Parker, who was conceived via in vitro fertilization with music producer and longtime friend Jaymes Foster.

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