Switching gears from the hilariously awkward ad fail I posted earlier this morning, I now present one of the sweetest, most tender things I've seen in a long time: a 72-year-old Tennessee grandmother performing an original song about marriage equality.
Sherri Gray of Nashville, Tennessee has a lesbian niece who's marrying her fiancée in August. Inspired by the love the couple shares, Gray took to the piano and composed a song about marriage equality as a wedding gift. She titled it "What If We Are Just Like You? (Shannon and Lisa's Song)," and last month posted a YouTube video of herself performing the song while wearing a shirt reading "Straight But not Narrow."
When Gray's niece and her fiancée heard the song, they called it "the best wedding gift ever" and asked Gray to perform it at their wedding reception.
Gray told Gay Star News that while she doesn't go to church, she believes her moment of inspiration may have come from divine intervention:
I'm not a religious nut but I think the universe, God, someone said "OK here you go kiddo, here's another song." It just came to me.Gray said that she envisions her song being sung by a group, and that her dream is to have the song performed by an LGBT organization.
My belief is who are we to say what is a soul? What color, what gender, what nationality is a soul? How can we put a label on anybody?
Watch Sherri Gray, grandmother of eight, perform her poignant tribute to marriage equality after the jump. I've transcribed the lyrics there as well. Fair warning: have tissues handy. If you're a sap like I am, you'll need them.