Gossip singer Beth Ditto has called marriage “stupid” and said she agrees with US president Barack Obama for not making gay marriage a priority.

The lesbian star’s most famous song, Standing in the Way of Control, is about former president George Bush’s opposition to the issue.

Obama has come under criticism from US gay groups for being slow to tackle issues such as the military gay ban and the Defence of Marriage Act, which gives states the right not to recognise gay marriages.

In an interview with Absolute Radio at Reading Festival, she said: “I think that [Obama] is smart and he’s playing the field and taking… I mean, health care is more important than marriage, because marriage is stupid anyway.”

She added: “The truth is that I do think that he is like a black president who is super liberal and trying to get health care.

“I don’t think that gay marriage is where he needs to start, that’s how I feel, and as a gay I think you’ve got to pick your battles and I think that he’s already got so much s**t against him and people are already judging him that I don’t think it’s a priority.

“I think we’ve got to end a war, we’ve got to get health care, we’ve got to get out of whatever, and I don’t think he’s going to win any… I think it’s a political strategy, I don’t think he’s a hater.”