WATCH: Deondray & Quincy, married at the GRAMMYs, share their experience
January 27, 2014
Last night, at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the freedom to marry took center stage when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the hip-hop duo who won four GRAMMYs (and were nominated for three additional awards) joined Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah to perform their runaway hit "Same Love," the song that has become an anthem for the movement to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
Over the course of the performance, which mashed up "Same Love" with Madonna's hit "Open Your Heart," 34 couples - including same-sex couples, different-sex couples, older couples, and younger couples - married live on stage. One of the couples was Deondray and Quincy Gossfield, filmmakers who live in Los Angeles, California.
It was the worst secret ever, because you want to share it with your friends and family. So we had to devise ways to get people to watch the Grammys without telling them that we were getting married. We were not allowed to tell.
It was appropriate for the Grammys because music is something that's universal. No matter where you're from, we're all moved by music. For [same-sex marriage] to be supported and encouraged by musicians was extremely special.
The weddings and "Same Love" performance (which you can watch a video of HERE) was a beautiful tribute to why marriage matters - and the performers and producers should be proud that they took advantage of a national platform like the year's biggest night in music to salute the freedom to marry and encourage the country to continue moving forward.
Congratulations to Deondray and Quincy, and all of the couples who married last night!
Watch the video here at THE HUFFINGTON POST, and watch the "Same Love" performance again: