“Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights anthem ‘Same Love’ wins at MTV VMAs”

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By Sarah Muller

The MTV Video Music Awards wasn’t all about Miley Cyrus’ jaw-dropping twerks.

In one of the more poignant moments of the evening, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights anthem “Same Love” won the award for “Best Video with a Social Message” at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.

“To watch this song in the last year spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality,” said Macklemore while accepting his Moonman statue. “Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation.”

Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out earlier this year, introduced the duo who performed the song with singer Mary Lambert and surprise guest Jennifer Hudson.

“The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Collins told the crowd at the Barclays Center. He appeared on stage with rapper A$AP Rocky to give his introduction.

The hit single by the Seattle rappers overtly embraces marriage equality at a time when recent polling suggests the nation appears to be shifting its mood in favor of same-sex marriage.

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