Gay Marriage : The Portrayal Analysis Of Same Love

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Another theme introduced through the song is equality, as Macklemore makes an attempt to remind listeners that everybody is equal, despite your sexual orientation, race, religion, or beliefs. Same Love addresses many flaws in our society, one of the main ones being that gay people are considered less worthy than straight people and that they are looked down on, as “gay is synonymous with the lesser,” which is the perfect example of equality. While Macklemore is addressing this flaw in our society, he is making sure listeners know that gay people aren’t less worthy than straight people. Sadly enough, It is understandable that gay people consider themselves to have less self worth than others, since in many countries their love isn’t even legal. Although in New Zealand gay marriage is legal, is it still a fight for equality in many other places across the globe, including Australia, a country we would consider very similar to ours. Although seemingly similar, gay marriage is still illegal in Australia, and there has been a recent yes/no poll for the public surrounding the legality of it, which highlights that overall we may not be as forward and as progressed in this issue as we think. It saddens me that gay marriage and equality is still an issue in our society, and that gay people still have a reason to be afraid. In America, where the song Same Love originated, Donald Trump has recently been voted into power. This is a scary time for homosexuals in America as well as others who do not fit his frame of thought, as Donald Trump isn’t accepting of people's differences and his idea of equality is different to what Macklemore is trying to enforce in Same Love. Although America is struggling and Australia is still fighting, things have been looking up for the gay community and for equality in New Zealand, as Jacinda Ardern was elected as prime minister. The previous prime minister of New Zealand, Bill English, was open about not supporting gay marriage among other things, however Jacinda is all for equality. The second verse in Same Love ends with a powerful line, “I might not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it.” Same Love touches briefly yet effectively
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