The issue of legalizing gay marriage is one that is evolving into a growing social movement in the United States today. In recent years, numerous states have legalized gay marriage and it is likely that more and more states will follow in the near future. I chose to comment on the song Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert. First of all, this song has a very powerful social message. The song makes the statement that being gay is not a choice and that as a country, we should end discrimination and hate towards individuals who happen to be gay. Macklemore is a straight man who has very strong opinions about the issue and advocates for equal rights on the basis of sexual orientation. He brings up a great point about the world being so hateful that people turn to suicide and self-harm to deal with the discrimination and hate. This is clearly a huge problem in society today. I like the fact that he encourages progress to continue, because as of now, only 14 states in the United States have legialized gay marriage. I respect Macklemore for making music about such a controversial, yet important social topic.
My favorite lines in the song are as follows:
“No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up”
To me, this affrims that we are all human, and we all deserve the same human rights. Love is love, no matter what.
Same Love has become inreasingly popular in the United States and it is played on the radio all of the time. This means that Macklemore’s message of equality and importance of human rights has been heard by many people in this country, which in my opinion, is a step in the right direction in order to end the hate. Love is a beautiful thing and should not be frowned upon based on societal pressures and expectations.