Could This Hip-Hop Video Save Marriage Equality In Washington?
Before reading this article, put on some headphones and check out the video below. No really, we'll wait.
Did you watch it? Awesome.
It's the video for "Same Love," an ambitious and personal hip-hop single created by Seattle-born hip-hop artist Macklemore, his producer Ryan Lewis and guest vocalist Mary Lambert.
Influenced by his two gay uncles growing up, Macklemore created the song as part of Music for Marriage, an artists campaign supporting Referendum 74, a Washington ballot measure that would legalize marriage equality statewide.
A recent Democratic-leaning poll found that "51 percent of Washington voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal, compared with 42 percent who believe it should be illegal." As such, Washington could be the first U.S. state to legalize marriage equality through citizen voting.
But back to the video. In one fell swoop, Macklemore's lyrics and images hit on a number of LGBT issues: ex-gay therapy, right-wing evangelicals, America's prejudicial history, depression in gay teens, homophobia in hip-hop, anti-gay bullying, coming out, parental rejection, miscegenation and same-sex marriage—an impressive array for a seven-minute video.
The single will appear on Macklemore's album The Heist, out October ninth.