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Tennessee, USA: Grandma Writes, Sings Marriage Equality Song for Niece

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

you tube bigA beautiful, touching song from a grandmother to her niece and her partner in Tennessee. Queerty reports:

Sherri Gray from Nashville, TN is 72 years young and a grandmother of eight. Her niece Shannon is getting married this summer to her fiancee Lisa and she wrote this song to show her support for them as well as “for everyone who is either a member of or who loves a member of the GLBTQ community.”

It’s really beautiful… enjoy.

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New Zealand: Parliament Approves Marriage Equality Bill: First Weddings in August

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

New Zealand ParliamentParliament held the third reading of the marriage equality bill today, passing it easily, 77 to 44. Gay Star News reports:

The third reading of a marriage equality bill was held in the New Zealand parliament today (Wednesday 17 April) and was passed by 77 MPs’ votes to 44. ‘Excluding one group from marriage is oppressive and unacceptable,’ said the Bill’s sponsor Labour MP Louisa Wall, who was wearing a rainbow top for the occasion, when introducing the Bill. ‘Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill.’ The speeches before the vote were overwhelmingly celebratory in tone, marking the vote as a historic milestone for civil rights in New Zealand.

Towleroad reports on one of the speeches given during the debate, by New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson:

I’ve had a reverend in my local electorate say the ‘gay onslaught will start the day this law is passed’. So, we are struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like. We don’t know if it will come down the Pakaranga highway as a series of troops or whether it will be a gas that flows over the electorate and blocks us all in.”

“I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.”

“I also had a leader tell me I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity and that was a bad mistake because I’ve got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5000 degrees and I will last for just on 2.1 seconds.”

“One of the messages I’d had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. This bill was the cause of our drought. Well if any of you follow my Twitter account, In the Pakuranga electorate this morning, it was pouring with rain, we had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate. It has to be a sign.”

See the video the speech below.

Not only that, but the parliament literally broke out into song, literally, after the bill was passed, as Towleroad.com also reports.

Hundreds of spectators in the gallery of New Zealand’s parliament broke into a rendition of the love song “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language after the marriage equality bill was passed today.

Truly a day for celebration – watch the video of the whole parliament in song. It brought tears to my eyes to see such joy.

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USA: Musician Asks You Tube to Yank NOM Video

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

NOM LogoRemember how National Organization for Marriage used a song without permission in their “March for Marriage” video last week, and it turned out the singer was pro-marriage equality? Today Joe.My.God reports that she took some action:

Thanks to Good As You blogger Jeremy Hooper, singer/songwriter Katie Herzig has forced YouTube to yank the promotional video for NOM’s hate march on the Supreme Court. Herzig told Hooper that she “definitely supports marriage equality” and did not give NOM permission to use her music. Hit the second link and check out her tune

Yay for Katie!

Michigan, USA: Detroit Teacher Who Was Suspended for Playing Equality Song is reinstated

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Detroit Teacher Who Was Suspended for Playing Equality Song is reinstatedA eighth-grade teacher in Detroit who was suspended after playing a same-sex-marriage anthem in class has had her suspension reversed.

A student at Centennial Middle School in South Lyons, MI, originally requested Susan Johnson play the video for Macklemore’s “Same Love.” After ensuring there was no violence or inappropriate language, she did.

Another student complained to administrators and Johnson found herself temporarily ousted.

Authored By Dan Avery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Michigan, USA: Teacher Suspended After Playing Pro Equality Song in Class

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Detroit Teacher Suspended After Playing Pro Equality Song in ClassA middle-school teacher in Detroit was suspended after playing a same-sex-marriage anthem in hopes of fostering understanding and prevent bullying.

A student at Centennial Middle School in South Lyons had originally requested performing-arts instructor Susan Johnson play Macklemore’s “Same Love.” After after ensuring there was no violence or inappropriate language, the instructor was happy to oblige.

Authored By Dan Avery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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USA: Straight Singer Writes Song for Marriage Equality

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

As you probably know, we have important votes on gay marriage tomorrow in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.

I’m a really big Brendan James fan, so I was especially excited to get an email today about his newest music video supporting marriage for all couples.

Authored By Nick Seaver – See the Full Story at AmericaBlog

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Hip-Hop Artist Macklemore Releases New Song, Video “Same Love”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert. Warning: it may make you cry.

Macklemore wrote here about how this song came to be. You’ll want to read the whole thing, but here’s a taste:

This song, which I wrote in April, is a response to what I have observed and experienced, and is also an act of personal accountability. It was not easy to write, and I struggled with how I, as a straight male, could genuinely speak upon this issue.

Authored By Laurel Ramseyer – See the Full Story at Pam’s House Blend

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Band Takes Sand for Marriage Equality

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Sweet Leda“I know a girl. She loves a girl. She is her world. She always hides the tears that she cries. Baby don’t hide. If you disagree then just let them be,” proclaims “Let Her Love Her,” the second single off of rising neo-soul/pop band, Sweet Leda’s recently-released album, Need the Music.

The song challenges prejudices and anti-gay sentiments by asserting that love is love. “Imagine if you finally found the right person, and you weren’t even allowed to marry that person! Even worse, imagine that some people protested against you and demonstrated hate simply because of who you love,” urges Sweet Leda Lead Singer Julie Cymek, who co-wrote the song with bandmates Jaime Horrigan (bass), Don Boyette (drums), and Omar El Dieahy (guitar). “The concept of love sparking hate breaks my heart. We are strong supporters of equality. If ‘Let Her Love Her’ causes even a single person to contemplate supporting same-sex marriage, I would consider it a victory.”

The groove-induced song features a rap by Singer/Rapper/Percussionist Jay Crawdads from the group Higher Hands, a funk/soul group that has become a regular fixture on the Mid-Atlantic club and Festival circuits. In fact, it was during a show on that circuit that Crawdads and Leda had a chance encounter, which ultimately led to the collaboration.

Full Story from EIN News

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