“The Young and the Restless” star Greg Rikaart opens up: “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating equality”
Emmy winning actor Greg Rikaart, who has played the role of Kevin Fisher on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless since 2003, is celebrating the end of Proposition 8 by being a little more open with his fans.
The actor has just tweeted this photo of himself and his apparent significant other (I don’t know his name) with this message: “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless.”
Rikaart, 36, attended the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s An Evening With Women event last month but is not known to have discussed his personal life before.
Last summer, he found himself in Chick-fil-A war with Melissa Reeves of NBC’s Days of Our Lives who publicly showed her support of the fast food chain that is publicly against gay marriage and has donated millions in recent years to anti-gay causes.
Rikaart called Reeves out on Twitter and told TV Guide: “I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I’m glad this is such a hot-button issue. I’m glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning! Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it’s because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone’s religious beliefs but those beliefs don’t belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else’s.”