'SAME LOVE' VIDEO REMAKE PLEADS WITH AUSTRALIAN LEADERS TO ACT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Same Love Australia, an Australian cover by Cam Nacson of the world-wide smash hit, Same Love, by Ben Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, has been welcomed by marriage equality advocates.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
"Same Love Australia uses the power of music to send a direct plea to our national leaders - marriage equality can no longer be delayed or deferred."
"This landmark music video is a reminder that Australia is part of a bigger world moving inexorably to equality."
Same Love Australia draws a direct link between marriage discrimination and racial and sexist discrimination. It features a direct reference to Prime Minister, Julia Gillard's, failure to explain her opposition to marriage equality and to grasp the link with discrimination against women.
The music video's producer, Cam Nacson, said,
"As a musician I feel like we have a responsibility to stand up for what's right."
"Music is a great tool for getting ideas out, in this case that it's okay for men to marry men and women to marry women - when people share music it is like sharing an idea as well."
"When politicians see this is such a huge issue, especially for young people, I'm hoping they'll change their mind set."
"A lot of politicians seem to think it's not a big enough issue to worry about, so we need to show them it is something for them to worry about, something that could change their careers."
"The question I ask our leaders is what side of history do they want to be on? These fights have been going on for a long time - women's rights, racial rights - and marriage equality is this generation's fight."
Same Love Australia includes the following lyrics:
"My own Prime Minister can't even explain. We ask her the question, she just turns away. They're too afraid to lose their voters come election day - lost sight of the goal to rid the world of hate. But Julia, remember back in the day when women couldn't vote because they were born that way. They were out trying to fight for rights and change. It's the same people that helped you. You just shun them away. I might not be the same but that's not important. No freedom till we're equal. Damn right it's important."
From opinion polls to popular votes, support for marriage equality has never been stronger, and the latest commercial for Microsoft Outlook, which features a lesbian couple on their wedding day, is a reflection of that cultural shift.
The Washington-based company has a track record of pro-LGBT stances. The founder and CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, each donated $100,000 to support Washington state's marriage equality law as it was challenged in a referendum vote this November.
Microsoft also joined a coalition of companies that filed a legal brief opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act, calling for it to be struck down by arguing the federal ban on same-sex marriage is bad for business.
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