LOS ANGELES — A mass homosexual ‘wedding’ was officiated live during the 56th annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday.
The event featured both homosexual and heterosexual couples–34 in all–who exchanged vows on stage, which was decorated to resemble a wedding chapel and featured a large choir.
During the occasion, the popular rap/hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their hit song One Love, which celebrates homosexuality and criticizes those who interpret the Scriptures to define same-sex behavior as sin.
“The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/Man-made rewiring of a predisposition,” Macklemore rapped on stage. “Playing God, aw nah, here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And God loves all his children is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago.”
Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony, leading participants in the exchange of vows and wedding rings.
“Music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys,” she stated in her introduction to Macklemore. “This song is a love song not for some of us, but all of us! Strip away the fear; underneath it’s all the same love.”
Madonna followed Macklemore with a presentation of Open Your Heart to Me, as the crowd gave a standing ovation to those who were “wed” during the live ceremony.
The event was broadcast live nationwide via CBS, which announced in writing prior to the broadcast that the Grammys would feature an “on-air wedding.”
Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Grammys, acknowledged that there would be disagreement surrounding the ceremony.
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them,” he told the New York Times, “And that’s healthy.”
And, as Portnow expected, some expressed disapproval of the live ceremony, calling it a “political stunt.”
“They can say this is not a stunt, but that’s exactly what it is—a piece of musical agitprop to mock the traditional values of conservative American Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others,” wrote commenter Tim Graham in a Newsbusters article. “Entertainers never want to have a debate, just a series of arrogant ‘statements’ with no opportunity for a conversation as they flush the Bible on national TV.”
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes agreed.
“Macklemore launche[d] a hate-filled, bigoted, ignorant diatribe against Christians,” he Tweeted on Sunday. “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing God and the Church.”
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