34 Couples to Marry On-Air at the Grammys During Gay Rights Anthem ‘Same Love’

Queen Latifah is set to officiate a mass gay wedding at tonight's Grammys, at a performance which will also include a special guest, the NYT reports:

Same_macklemoreBut the producers behind the program, which is to be broadcast live by CBS at 8 p.m., are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be a much more solemn event: an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.

Mr. Lewis, the group’s producer, said that the weddings “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.”

The segment follows what the Grammy organizers said was the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues through music, like Elton John’s duet in 2001 with Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic.

“We’re serious about this,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys.

The couples involved were forced to sign confidentiality agreements and not tell their families, according to the paper.

Comments

  1. Bobby says

    This is going to be wonderful to see. The journey continues and before long, marriage equality will be everywhere. It is no longer a question of “if” but “when”. This will not be stopped. We will not be stopped. Marriage equality for all!

  2. sam says

    An awful stunt.

    Seems to me that the Grammys producers are trying to make up for years of homophobia. An awful stunt such as a mass marriage won’t disguise the continuing homophobia of the music industry.

    Note that no openly gay male person is nominated for an award. Not one.

  3. sam says

    By the way, no wonder Madonna wanted to be involved in this!!! No opportunity for pandering to gay men can escape this woman!! She must have a new album in the works….

  4. jason says

    Why are opposite-sex couples involved in this mass marriage? The song is called Same Love, not Opposite Love. Does Ken Ehrlich – the Grammys producer – wish to make it less gay by having opposite-sex couples there?

    Memo to Ken Ehrlich: you are not liked by gay men, so buzz off.

  5. littlewoot says

    Cue the “shoving gay marriage down our throats” response from homophobes in 3…2…1.

    Shall we place an over/under on number of times that phrase gets uttered on Monday?

    That said, good on Macklemore and Co. and the Grammy’s.

  6. GregV says

    @Will: Don’t be too discouraged. Most of those comments are coming from the same conspiracy theorist. “Sam” is one of the MANY screennames that “Jason” has come up with over the past few months. He comments under one of his screen names and then agrees with himself using some of his other personalities.
    “Same Love” is an amazing anthem for equality. I feel inspired every time I hear Macklemore say the words: “No freedom till we’re equal. Damn right I support it!”

  7. Mychal says

    “Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic?”

    What has changed since then? Eminem is still a Homophobe. Elton John is still playing nice with the Homophobes too, only now in Russia.

  8. Brian in Texas says

    I’m looking forward to seeing the performance of the song, but EXCUSE ME, Queen Latifah officiating??

    Was Congressman Aaron Schock not available?

  9. Cathain says

    To Jason – the song is called Same Love because the love between a couple is the same no matter if they are straight or gay, black or white. So they have couples of all types getting married at the same time because it is all the SAME LOVE they have for each other. Love is blind, after all. It only sees the spirit of the other person, not the exterior differences.

  10. Kevin says

    Minor point, but the NYT article does not say that the couples were “forced” to sign confidentiality agreements. It said “The couples each signed confidentiality agreements — promising not to tell even their families.”

  11. Den says

    Introducing same sex couples who have legally married in US States on stage during the song would be a good example of showing loving couples to a wider audience but arranging for actual wedding ceremonies onstage would trivialise the importance of marraige

  12. KC says

    It may be perceived as a stunt (and maybe is to some extent), but I love the concept. Build on a really great song that wipes out all lines in regard to who should be allowed to marry. Anyone. It’s the same love. Stomps all over interracial, same-sex, and other biases toward “traditional” marriage. I am looking forward to seeing this.

  13. crispy says

    “Would have been more impactful if this would have happened 10 years ago.”

    My god, some of you are fuking retarded.

    This is the first Grammy broadcast to occur while same-sex marriage is legal in California, where the Grammys take place. Genius.

    “I cannot wait to read all the Twitter homophobes’ comments…”

    Why bother going to Twitter. You’ll be able to read plenty of them here from the likes of Jason and all his aliases.

  14. crispy says

    “Note that no openly gay male person is nominated for an award. Not one.”

    Nice try, buddy.

    Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” is nominated for a couple of awards. Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend is openly gay.

    Also, David Sedaris is nominated for Best Spoken Word album. Kinky Boots, which features the openly gay Billy Porter, is up for Best Musical Theater Album.

    Now kindly go fuckk yourself.

  15. Peter says

    Dustin and Spencer (the Home Depot Proposal boys) are one of the couples. I believe they will be having the big family reception next week back in Salt Lake City. Sorry for all the haters on this board who are trying to splash cold water on this joyous display of love.

  16. NotSafeForWork says

    Well that was interesting. I don’t quite know why the guy behind the keyboard grabbed Queen Latifah and jerked her over to the the left, unless she was blocking the shot just before the corpse of Madonna walked out to sing Open Your Heart.

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