The singer says everyone else asked to sing the song's chorus turned it down.
On the date scheduled, the congregation took a vote and elected to keep Cortez in his post and change its official stance
They were one of 33 couples -- including same-sex couples -- who said "I do" in a mass wedding at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
I *love* this version by pansexual rapper/singer Angel Haze, who replaced the lyrics with her own deeply personal experiences
This took me back to my childhood. I clung to any media representation of other gay and lesbian people when I was coming to terms with my own sexuality. The one song that soothed my churning soul was "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Following the success of "Same Love," Mary Lambert recorded her own full-length track of the song's chorus called "She Keeps
Perhaps more importantly, it helps to normalize an expression of mature, committed love in a culture that still wrestles with the difference between good/bad and typical/atypical.
I discount the systematic injustice that leads to the mainstream media feeling more comfortable hearing my story through the mouth of a white cis straight man, instead of my own.
If you watched the 2014 Grammys last night, hopefully you caught history being made as 33 couples, many of them same-sex, were wed by Queen Latifah as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Mary Lambert performed what has been called a gay anthem, "Same Love."