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Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff has penned an op-ed piece at Spin.com in light of Wednesday's (June 26th) historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), paving the way for same-sex couples to have their marriages legally recognized and entitled to the full benefits of other married people. Antonoff wrote, "The ruling is a giant step forward. We've seen a lot of small steps before this and now we're seeing that those small steps lead to bigger things. Today is one of those days where it feels like anything is possible . . . it feels like we're a lot closer to equality for everyone."
Calling gay rights the "civil rights issue of our time," Antonoff also wrote, "Think about it: If you're a gay kid and you go home after school and you tell your parents that the kids are making fun of you because you're gay, they can say those other kids are idiots, but what message is it sending if your state or country is legally telling you that there's something wrong with you? So I think this ruling is huge. It's the government saying that you're not less than somebody else."
Antonoff cited the normalization of gay characters in media, as well as artists like Lady Gaga and TV shows like Glee, for helping to drive the push for equality.
Antonoff and Fun. have campaigned heavily for same-sex equality, playing a benefit last Halloween in Maine just before a vote was held there on the issue last Election Day and resulted in victory for proponents of equality.
Although DOMA has been struck down, three-quarters of the states in the Union do not yet recognize same-sex marriage.
Fun. plays Milwaukee's Summerfest on Thursday (June 27th).