John M. Becker

Macklemore at VMAs: 'Gay Rights Are Human Rights'

Filed By John M. Becker | August 26, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay marriage, Macklemore, marriage equality, Mary Lambert, MTV, Ryan Lewis, Same Love, same-sex marriage, VMAs

"I've been writing songs... since I was fifteen years old, and out of every single song that I have ever written, to me ["Same Love"] is the most important record out of all of them. And to watch this song in the last year spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights -- there is no separation."

-- Rapper Ben Haggerty, also known as Macklemore, accepting the award for Best Video With a Social Message at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. Macklemore, producer Ryan Lewis, and vocalist Mary Lambert won the award for the song "Same Love," a marriage equality anthem.

Watch the acceptance speech, after the jump.

h/t: Back2Stonewall

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