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Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff told Rolling Stone that of all the success the band has enjoyed in the past year, the most satisfying moment to him and the group was when four states voted on Election Day in favor of allowing same-sex marriage -- Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota. The band played a benefit on Halloween in support of the Maine measure, which Antonoff said made that victory especially thrilling.
He explained, "Maine specifically meant a great deal. We went up there and donated all the proceeds from that show to Mainers United, which is the group you can argue is responsible for getting the vote pushed through for marriage equality. So it was a promising election on many fronts."
Antonoff also called the recent news that the Supreme Court will take up the issue "obviously huge . . . it just feels like a lot of progress, like everyone is starting to come around."
The musician added that the battle for marriage equality is far from over, saying, "Obviously, still 70 percent of the States don't have same-sex marriage, so there's still so much further up ahead."
Fun. member Andrew Dost admitted that Fun.'s stance on the issue has cost them a few fans, but says he's glad to see them debating the issue. He remarked, "Even if not everybody agrees with you -- even if you lose some fans in the process -- I think getting the conversation going is important."
Fun. is tied with Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Frank Ocean and Kanye West for six Grammy nominations each this year. Among Fun.'s nominations are Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for Some Nights, Record and Song of the Year for "We Are Young," and Best New Artist.
Fun. plays on Thursday night (December 13th) in Broomfield, Colorado and has just two more dates to play in 2012. The band will launch a new North American trek on January 17th in Middlebury, Vermont.