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Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ video embraces marriage equality

Brit award nominee Sam Smith released his music video for “Lay Me Down” yesterday, making history as the first singer to create a music video featuring a gay marriage ceremony in a church.

In the video for new single “Lay Me Down,” from his platinum-selling album In The Lonely Hour, Smith gets married in a church in front of supportive family and friends. The video was filmed at the parish church of St. Margaret, Lee outside London and directed by Ryan Hope.

Video credit: SamSmithWorldVEVO/YouTube

The singer posted the video to his Facebook page with the following message: 

“Dear All, Here is the Link to the LAY ME DOWN music video. This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x”

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Rolling Stone magazine was with Smith on the set of the video and asked him about the message behind it.

“Obviously gay marriage isn’t legal in churches, and we’re doing a gay marriage today, in the church. We’re the first ever to do it. It’s obviously not a real marriage, but still,” said Smith. “The priest just said to us, ‘We’re going against the rules by doing this today,’ which I thought was a lovely element in the video.”

“Going to the church today, it’s like, ‘This is the first time we’ve let people with big noses in.’ That’s the equivalent to me,” added Smith. “I’m walking in, I’m going, ‘Why? Why are a man and a man not allowed to get married in this room?’ Because it’s the most natural thing.”

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