Macklemore’s song has served as a newfound anthem for gay marriage, with lyrics like “no freedom ’til we’re equal, d**n right I support it.” But in the song’s first verse, the rapper criticizes Republicans for failing to support same-sex marriage.
“A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant, for those that like the same-sex had the characteristics,” Macklemore raps.
“The Right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion. Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God,” he continued.
But the Seattle-based rapper, who stormed onto the scene with his hit “Thrift Shop,” failed to recognize Democrats who don’t support gay marriage, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
And though President Barack Obama has said he supported same-sex marriage, he will not push states to legalize it.
Additionally, not all Republicans are against same-sex marriage, with Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), among others, supporting it.
Though the song — on Macklemore’s album, “Heist” — first hit the charts in February, it cracked Billboard’s top 20 not long after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and overturned California’s Proposition 8, securing huge wins for same-sex marriage.
The song features Ryan Lewis and singer Mary Lambert, and its video shows homosexual couples in love and getting married.