Grammy hopeful and openly gay singer Sam Smith released a video days before the Grammy Awards, and it's a reaffirmation of everything that makes his success and popularity so poignant. I don't want to say anything else about it — you'll know why in four minutes and nine seconds.
Mr. Smith released a statement about why he made the video:
LAY ME DOWN - http://po.st/7I39eB
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If you're aware of the current state of LGBT issues, you know that gay rights have made such long strides in the past few years. In fact, as of the beginning of 2015, 36 states have legalized gay marriage. But that doesn't mean we're all equal now.
Even when all 50 states recognize gay marriage, there will still be some people whose religion will dictate how they feel. This is especially tough for LGBT people who belong to a religion. Most Christian churches — except for Presbyterian and Episcopalian churches, for the most part — ban gay marriage.
Even though gay marriage is legal in his home country, England, Mr. Smith decided to pose an interesting question: Does religious law have to be followed to the letter? And if it is, are you eating pork, charging interest on loans, and letting women combine fabrics?
Maybe the issue isn't so black and white.