down to Frisco and we're gonna get married
may rage, and they may whine
it doesn't work out, then we're gonna go to Boston
may rage, and they may whine
isn't in the Bible, but we're gonna get married
Adovcacy News - Chapel of Love gets an update
March 5, 2004
of Love gets an update
Bigotry and prejudice espoused by world leaders like the Pope and the President of the United States are inspiring more and more people to join the world-wide movement for same-sex marriage. Everyone has their own way in which they can contribute towards advancing the cause. It's always a bonus if along the way we can have some fun. Yesterday we received an email that contained a creative and light-hearted approach to convey a message.
It began when Salt Lake City resident Rex Strother noticed the opposition to marriage for same-sex couples.
"How anyone can have an opposing thought to equal marriage rights is just beyond me," Rex told us. "I'm sure it's frustrating to the conservatives who want to say, 'but the Bible says it's wrong' or 'but it makes me uncomfortable' when they know that's not a legal stand. If this were the 1400's, they could say homosexuality was caused by possession or witches' spells or 'foul humours in the ether', but now we know homosexuality is one form of expressing natural human sexuality. This talk of constitutional amendments is sad and embarrassing; it is a lot of time and money and emotion spent on small thinking and discrimination in the name of tradition."
So Rex went down to his basement where he has an 8-track digital recorder. He set up his AKG C3000 microphone, picked up is Alvarez guitar, and began working on a spoof of the song "Chapel of Love".
"A friend of mind, Mike Rashkow, was a 60's songwriter who used to write songs with Ellie Greenwich, the actual author of "Chapel of Love". I've always been a bit of a class clown and while we were chatting by email last week, with all the talk out of San Francisco, New York and Portland of this fantastic civil disobedience movement, it just got me thinking and so I knocked out the lyric in a few minutes and emailed it to Mike and a few friends. It's such a well known song; it was easy to work with. Mike and my friends seemed to think the lyric was funny enough, so I looked up the guitar chords on the web. Thank goodness they were easy (G, Am and D7 for you guitar fans)."
The music hobbyist only began playing guitar two years ago "as part of my mid-life crisis. So much cheaper than buying a motorcycle."
After working on the song, Rex played it for his wife who laughed and encouraged him to send the song out through the Internet as his personal contribution towards the advancement of gay marriage.
"I hope the song is taken in the sort of spontaneous spirit in which it was recorded, and that it gets a laugh and doesn't offend anyone," Rex said. "To everyone working for and donating to this cause, please keep up the good work."
Listen to (Sneakin' in the) Back Door of Love