Plug In To A Marriage Equality Anthem by Arro Verse [VIDEO]
I enjoyed the great fortune of receiving a call from Arro Verse, a a Detroit native from a culturally diverse family has been writing songs since she was 7. She had stumbled upon our site and concluded, correctly, that we might be interested in hearing her upbeat and playful, yet thoughtful new single, Marry Me.
She explained to me that she wrote Marry Me in the days following President Obama's announcement of his support for marriage equality. "Usually when I feel moved in some manner," she says, "I just pick up my guitar and create." (And I certainly appreciate that call to action — see my post, An Open Letter to President Obama from May 10, 2012.)
She felt moved to create a song for "all the people who had to fight to marry the person they love. Whether their fight is with the law, society, family, friends, themselves or even the person they love… it's a song for everyone."
I certainly expect that the ladies (and especially those ladies out there who love softball!) will be smitten upon contact with the song and the video, but certainly, anyone who can appreciate the struggle for marriage equality can appreciate Marry Me by Arro Verse.
Judge for yourself and then read on (below the video) to learn more about Arro Verse:
Are you married?
No, I'm single at the moment, but I look forward to the day when I find the right person and we'll be able to make a legal commitment to each other.
In your mind, how does marriage equality impact our country's understanding of love & commitment?
I believe marriage equality will help create a more healthy and harmonious society for all. It expands the realm of what love and commitment is. By including acceptance and tolerance of all persons who want to make a legal commitment to each other, the concept of marriage and family is in no way diminished. Actually I think it reaffirms those values for everyone. Love and the desire to commit are universal and those rights belong to everyone.
I wouldn't be here today if my parents' interracial marriage wasn't legal. Thankfully, for my sake, the laws changed by the time they had me. Now I'm here to give this message to you.
Where would you most love to perform this song live?
Well, I'd love the song to played at all different types of weddings all around the world. Personally, I'd love to perform Marry Me all over the world & at President Obama's Inauguration Party.
Have you been surprised by anyone's reaction to the song?
Yes, multiple surprises. A gay rights activist in Uganda wrote me telling me how much enjoyed the song. I can't imagine what it's like to live in a country where death is the penalty for being gay. As an artist, if I can provide 5 minutes for someone to feel safe with feeling how they truly feel, I've done my job.
I remember being nervous the first time I performed Marry Me to a predominately heterosexual crowd. By the end of the song, I was amazed to hear the crowd singing the chorus with me. Such an awesome feeling! Support is everywhere when you look for it. From where I stand, it truly is a gift to share spaces with people I never realized were my teammates.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I'm part of a project that aims to travel the country organizing softball games to help raise funds for marriage equality non-profit organizations. Please visit our site, The Marry Me Movement, for more information.
Marry Me is available on iTunes.
Wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm (@madebykathryn) is co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Amphoto Books, 2014), an Education Expert for WeddingWire and Publisher of GayWeddings.com