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posted Friday, November 9, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 45

They rocked the vote
Ten artists who made a difference for marriage equality

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The votes are in! Same-sex marriage has cleared the final hurdle to becoming law in Washington state, and while many, many people contributed their time and effort to make marriage equality a reality, the high-profile endorsements from locally based politicians and CEOs helped boost the message. Also crucial was the support of dozens of mainstream musicians - including some whose endorsement came as a real surprise. Here is an honor roll of 10 artists who said 'I do' to Gay couples tying the knot.

ADAM LEVINE
Maroon 5 hottie Levine deserves the 'Best Bro in the Universe' award for supporting Gay brother Michael in major media interviews. But it didn't stop there - The Voice star judge also appeared in marriage equality advertisements across the country leading up to this week's election. Don't forget, Maroon 5 performs at Key Arena on March 11.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
In a genre with very few LGBT allies, Underwood braved a storm of criticism from her conservative fans by adding her name to the list of same-sex marriage backers. Even after being asked to reconsider, the multiple Grammy and CMA winner stood her ground. Underwood recently performed to a near-sellout crowd at Seattle's Key Arena.

BEN GIBBARD
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Gibbard not only voiced his support for marriage equality in a blog just days before the election, but he performed a special concert at Smith Tower last month and donated all proceeds to the campaign. Gibbard, a Seattle native now residing in L.A., has a younger sister who is Lesbian. His latest solo recording, Former Lives, was released in October.

MARY J. BLIGE
R&B powerhouse Blige used her incomparable pipes for something else besides singing hit records. Shortly after performing at the Democratic National Convention, she announced her approval for same-sex couples by saying 'I think it's wonderful. I think people that support love, it's amazing. It's love.'

50 CENT
Hip-hop giant 'Fitty' boldly threw his weight behind marriage equality during an on-air interview with L.A. radio personality Funkmaster Flex. Not only did he say, 'I'm for it,' but he also challenged anyone who found same-sex marriage mentioned in the Bible to point it out to him. 50 Cent appears in five films slated to open next year.

LADY GAGA
Yes, this is a no-brainer. But we have to give props to Gaga for her continued efforts to support and protect the LGBT community, even going toe-to-toe with the Vatican. When the issue surfaced in France, where it's being met with fierce opposition by the Catholic Church, Mama Monster stated, 'What the Pope thinks of being Gay does not matter to the world.' Lady Gaga performs live at the Tacoma Dome on January 14.

MINUS THE BEAR
Local indie band Minus the Bear performed a late August gig at Capitol Hill's Comet Tavern to promote their new album, Infinity Overhead, but mainly to raise awareness and donate proceeds from the intimate show to Equal Rights Washington. Lead singer Jake Snider, who celebrated the 10th anniversary of his own hetero marriage this year, said, 'It's incredibly fucked up that people can't get married who are in love.' Minus the Bear give another hometown performance November 17 at The Showbox Market.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
If you need some muscle, who better to turn to than The Boss. Veteran rocker Springsteen went the distance by appearing in a national PSA that urged everyone to 'support equal treatment for Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.' Bruce and the E Street Band play Portland's Rose Garden Arena on November 28.

PINK
It's not surprising that international pop star Pink has given Gay marriage the thumbs up, but she featured a tiny snippet of two men kissing at their wedding in her 'Raise Your Glass' music video. She went even further by hosting her best friend's real same-sex wedding at her home. Pink's newest CD, The Truth About Love, was released in September.

BEENIE MAN
Once an LGBT foe, Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man had a change of mind and heart. The Grammy winner issued an apology for lashing remarks he made against Gays and then affirmed his OK-ness with same-sex marriage with the simple words, 'I respect each and every human being.' He's proof that some people actually do change.



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