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Macklemore Responds To SCOTUS's DOMA Decision

Our straight ally boyfriend Macklemore penned a thoughtful response to Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings. Here's what he had to say!

Macklemore writes:

MY RESPONSE TO THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING DOMA AND PROP 8

Today is a historic day for civil rights in America. By declaring DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has stated that the U.S. Government can no longer deny federal benefits to same sex couples. This means that people like my uncles, who have been in a committed relationship for over 20 years, will now receive the same rights that my parents have. Personally, I feel reconnected to my American identity, and am proud of the progress we have made in recent years. Today gives promise to the hope that we can and will change when our nation isn’t fair and just. It’s a victory not only for the LGBTT community and those rejoicing with friends, family and loved ones, but also a victory for all who devote their lives to fight for what is constitutionally and ethically right.

While today’s ruling was monumental and imperative, we have a long way to go. There are still 37 states in our country that must shift legislation on same sex marriage before equality for same-sex couples is reached. But the real work lies in deconstructing the core of where the fear around same-sex couples comes from. Homophobia and intolerance continue to play a strong role in many households, schools, media and religious institutions in our country. Without directly addressing the real issues and where they stem from, America’s momentum towards justice will be stagnant and insincere.

This ruling gives us all an opportunity to address equality for same-sex couples in our homes, our schools and our social circles. We must continue to have dialogue and discussions around this issue, and push ourselves past the point of what’s comfortable and socially accepted. We, especially those of us whose rights are secure, are challenged to not sit passively in this crucial moment of cultural progress. True change lives in the minds and hearts of the people that make up our country, and must be cultivated, not mandated. We all have a part to play.

-Macklemore

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​Mama, can we keep him???

 

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I love me a straight boy who loves the gays!

Oh, and he makes hot songs, too.

What a classy, beautiful letter. We need more artists like these setting examples for the youth out there.

THIS is what every pop/rap star needs to aspire to!!! "Same Love" has 54 million+ views on YouTube, and is now a Top 40 hit. That song - and those words and that message - are being heard by millions of impressionable ears across this country every single day. He might not know it, but that simple, beautiful, and potently honest song is a revolutionary game-changer. THANK YOU, MACKLEMORE (and Lewis, and Mary Lambert)!!!

Well said!  i also posted Post SCOTUS historic decision thoughts I wish to share: Bob and I have been together 34 years, a long time to wait for this day. We are so very fortunate to have lived to see it and hope now only to live out our senior years more secure and assured of civil equality than ever before. We do so with thanks to all those before us and with us who fought to minimize the existence of the unjust prejudices inevitable and undeniably inherent among a naturally diverse citizenry. Opponents and proponents have risen to protect the common values that preserve the beloved and sacred democracy that our forefathers devised to protect the melting pot that is the lifeblood of our American culture and history . 

Life, society and the values that guide mankind are in every respect an evolutionary process. Remain vigilant and cautious. The wheels of justice move slowly. There remains much work to be done to hold the ground of civil equality gained and yet to be won.

Despite our endless stream of differences, it is our mutual responsibility to do no less for future generations. Those who will become or already are victims of ignorance, fear of the unknown and misunderstood intentions because of the natural differences between them and the majority views du jour that shape the social evolutionary processes deserve no less consideration.

Lemme see, a rapper who is articulate and heartfelt when it come to the Supreme Court, is fashion-forward enough to pair a leopard coat with a pink feather boa, and doesn't mind dissing R. Kelly?

Yeah, mama said he's a keeper!

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