Singer Cher has spoken out about her strong support for the downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and for equal marriage in the US, and said “it should never have been a law”.

The legendary singer headlined gay pride in New York in the same week in which the US Supreme Court made two groundbreaking rulings for equal marriage.

The 67-year-old pop icon wowed fans as she performed her new single ‘Woman’s World’ from forthcoming ‘Closer to the Truth’ album, which is due out in September, along with several of her classic hits.

When asked what she thought of the ruling, in an interview with the Today show, Cher made it clear that she supported it, but went further to assert that DOMA should never have been introduced in the first place.

“I thought it was amazing. It should never have been a law, it shouldn’t have been anything. It should never have been a passing thought,” she said.

Speaking of her transgender son Chaz Bono’s transition, she said: “It was really difficult because it’s hard for like 40 something years to have this little girl, and then all of a sudden…

She went on, however to say: “You get used to it. I always screw up with my pronouns, but Chaz cuts me some slack. I’m old.”

Chaz Bono was the first transgender person to receive the Stephen F Kolzak Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles back in April.

LGBT activist and singer Lady Gaga wowed campaigners in New York City as she opened the weekend’s Pride celebrations with a rendition of the National Anthem and a stirring speech.