The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage.
According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage for same-sex couples during the Referendum 74 campaign. He explained that the song came out of his frustration with hip hop’s attitudes toward homosexuality. Proceeds from the sale of the song supported the work of Music for Marriage Equality, a non-profit that worked closely with Washington United for Marriage.”