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Macklemore pledges recent 'Same Love' earnings in Australia to Yes Campaign

Macklemore pledges recent 'Same Love' earnings in Australia to Yes Campaign

The artist revealed his plans on the eve of the rugby league final in Sydney, where he will perform the hit song.

Macklemore responded to the controversy by saying he would "go harder" and "love" despite receiving "a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia".

Following a presentation at the Policy Exchange think tank in London overnight, Mr Dutton said two songs should be played at the NRL Grand Final, if United States rapper Macklemore is allowed to perform his pro-marriage equality song.

Same Love recently returned to the top of Australia's iTune charts in the wake of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for the song to be censored.

"I need to figure out what that looks like, and how to do that, but that is something I am going to do".

She argued homegrown heroes such as John Farnham should be given top billing at the NRL Grand Final.

"Yo the NRL hooked me up, I got some Tim Tams, I got some Ar-Noits (sic), I got some Anzacs, I got some koalas, some of these", the rapper said.




But not everyone was happy with Macklemore's choice to play an LGBT-themed song: same-sex marriage opponents are trying to put a stop to it.

Macklemore told a radio show in the USA this week he had received "a lot of tweets from angry old white men" and vowed to "go harder" because of the furore. "It's interesting times in Australia", he said. "It is absolutely ridiculous", Senator Hanson told Channel Seven. Local media reported Dutton later said there could perhaps be two songs, one against same-sex marriage.

Ballots must be returned by early November, with results due to be released on November 15.

Both Turnbull and opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten support marriage equality, as do the leaders of every one of Australia's eight states and territories.

There's no legal requirement for Australia to hold a national vote, nor is it a common method of legislating issues, but Turnbull chose the survey as a way to resolve the issue, pledging to pass same-sex marriage is the people vote "yes".

Attorney-General George Brandis noted Same Love is one of the singer's chart- topping songs and one of four he will perform at the game in Sydney on Saturday.

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