Seattle-based hip-hop artist Macklemore has just released a tender video for "Same Love," a song penned in support of same-sex marriage.
The stylish new clip depicts a gay man's life from an embattled childhood through a joyous wedding day and then to the inevitable tragedy. "I might not be the same, but that's not important/No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it," Macklemore rhymes in the track, which was which was produced by Ryan Lewis and also features Mary Lambert. "A certificate on paper isn't going to solve it all, but it's a damn good place to start."
"Initially, I tried writing from the perspective of a gay, bullied kid, but after getting some feedback, I felt it wasn’t my story to tell," Macklemore, who is straight, wrote in a blog post of the song. "What I do know, and where I wrote from, is my own perspective growing up in a culture where 'that’s gay' was commonplace, with a huge stigma on those who identified and were perceived as gay."
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