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How Gay Marriage Popped Up in Music Videos This Year

How Gay Marriage Popped Up In Music Videos This Year

This year, pop stars, like the rest of us, had marriage on their minds.

In the past, as the fight for marriage equality raged on, musicians like Hozier, Pink, and Macklemore proved they were our allies by depicting same-sex wedding scenes in their music videos.

In 2015, with a landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage case on the horizon, the number of videos depicting same-sex couples marrying multiplied. By a lot. 

Our allies in pop music showed support via videos in more creative ways too. (We're looking at you, Bey!)

Let's take a look back and celebrate all over again.

FEBRUARY

Out British pop singer Sam Smith took a trip down the aisle himself in the video for his song "Lay Me Down."

Longtime ally Kelly Clarkson released her video for "Heartbeat Song," which depicted a male couple marrying. How's this for romantic? The two men, a real-life item, got engaged on the video's set.

MARCH

Out pop star Ricky Martin's video for his single ""Disparo al Corazón" ("Shot to the Heart") showed several same-sex couples tying the knot.

APRIL

Emo rockers Fall Out Boy used the wacky video for the band's single "Uma Thurman" as a surprise political platform. Near the video's end, a young woman is seen riding a military tank straight into a pickup truck adorned with the words "Article 1, Section 36.03," which just happens to be the Alabama Supreme Court order blocking same-sex marriage in the state.

JUNE

Jennifer Hudson pulled our heartstrings by showing an estranged father and son mending their relationship just in time for the son's marriage to his male partner in her video for "I Still Love You." The video featured special guest stars Manila Luzon (RuPaul's Drag Race) and out actress-musician Leisha Hailey.

Rock band Coheed and Cambria had some fun with conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's laughably out-of-touch dissenting opinion on the same-sex marriage case. The band took the dissent, which included bizarre phrases like "Ask the nearest hippie," added some of Scalia's other famously weird dissent quotes, and set it to music. The band shared the video on Funny or Die.

JULY

Beyoncé celebrated the Supreme Court decision by sharing a video of herself dancing in a rainbow bikini and hashtagging it #LoveWins. 

 

Never Too Late #LoveWins ❤️

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

 

Former child star turned country singer Blake McIver (Full House) is seen romancing and then marrying a male partner in the video for his single "This Is Who We Are."

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