The Grammy Awards: A very public stance for marriage equality

On Sunday, Jan. 26, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their song “Same Love” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. What made this performance such a beautiful and touching piece was the stance the Grammy Awards made during the performance when 33 couples— gay, straight and interracial— were married by Queen Latifah.

This public stance— written in the lyrics of “Same Love” and exemplified by the actions of those who put the Grammy Awards together— shows that the world is changing [slowly but steadily]. It also shows the power celebrities have on being a voice of change and influencing the public discourse.

Again, this song shows just how strong a message it has. Everyone has the right to marry, whether your sexuality, religion, race etc. Love is love.

From the lyrics of the song:

I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it

Advertisements

About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
This entry was posted in United States and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s