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Response to Big, Gay, Grammy Wedding is Mixed

The 2014 Grammy Awards celebrated gay marriage with a mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifah. A big moment for advocates of marriage equality, but not everyone is happy.

Response to Big, Gay, Grammy Wedding is Mixed

Most likely, the 2014 Grammy Awards will not be remembered best for its winners (Daft Punk was the top dog, by the way) or even for Beyoncé's salty performance of ‘Drunk in Love,’ so provocative that many mothers were prompted to cover their kids’ eyes and fume on Twitter.

Last night’s Grammys will be memorialized in history as the night that Queen Latifah officiated a mass wedding (broadcast worldwide) of both straight and gay couples. Artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed "Same Love," a rap defense of gay rights at the event, later joined by Madonna and her classic song "Open Your Heart."

"To have your wedding in front of 100 million people is pretty momentous," Queen Latifah said.

Yes it is. And not momentous just for those getting married, but for marriage equality advocates everywhere.

According to Sarah Kate Ellis, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD), “When such a critically acclaimed and popular rap artist puts marriage equality center stage at one of the biggest events of the year, it is the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today.”

To her 'congregation,' Latifah said, “This song is a love song not for some of us, but for all of us."

However, Queen Latifah’s call to unity was not universally embraced, and opponents of the last night’s rainbow wedding took out their anger on Twitter.

Particularly vocal was Todd Starnes, host of 'Fox News & Commentary.' “I've never seen such a display of intolerance, bigotry and hatred. #Grammys #antichristian” and, “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing God and the church. #grammys,” he tweeted.

Similarly vexed, Scottie Nell Hughes, News Director of the Tea Party News Network (TPNN.com) tweeted “Everyone has rights unless you are a right wing conservative #attackonchristianity.”

The backlash did not come as a surprise to Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences. "I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them,” he said in anticipation of the wedding, “and that's healthy."

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