In honor of the US Supreme Court's Hearings on Marriage Equality, we put together a list of our favorite music videos.
Only hours ago the US Supreme court ended arguments regarding the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and though a ruling is unlikely before June, it’s possible that the court could produce an influential ruling, one that would uphold individual states’ rights to legalize same-sex marriage and alter not only the tax law, but the way we consider equality on a very basic level. Social reform makes its way from the fringe to the middle (and all the way to the Bill O'Reillys) by a variety of means, and art is certainly one of them. We're hopeful about the future, and today we salute some musical artists who spoke out in favor of gay rights and marriage equality.
1) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert – Same Love
Yeah, okay. It's the "Thrift Shop" dude, but we dare anyone to remain dry-eyed during the final scene of this video.
2) Willam Belli, Detox, and Vicky Vox – Chow Down (at Chick-fil-a)
After outspoken conservative Chic-fil-a COO Dan Cathy made statements opposing same-sex marriage, three illustrious, self-proclaimed drag queens (Willam from RuPaul's "Drag Race" amongst them) created this parody of Wilson Phillips' hit "Hold On." Now, all day you'll be serenading your co-workers, "Someday somebody's gonna make you wanna gobble up a waffle fry!" You're welcome.
3) Matt Nathanson – Modern Love
The video follows real-life couples as they sing, dance, and make out, all while holding placards with sweet messages of love and devotion.
4) Spiritualized – Hey Jane
"Hey Jane" paints a sympathetic portrait of a transgender woman raising her children. While it isn't explicitly political, the video touches on a number of important issues like motherhood, sex work, and trans-identity. We love Spiritualized, and we love them more for presenting this gorgeous, brave video.
5) Lady Gaga – Born this Way
Say what you will about Lady Gaga, she's on point in this video. She's been a vocal supporter of gay rights, marriage equality and anti-bullying efforts, so even if you don't love her sound, her heart is in the right place.