SAM SMITH, the openly gay singer who has recently won four Grammys and two Brit Awards after only one album, released a new video this month depicting a same-sex marriage, filmed in a liberal Anglican church in London.
The music video for the single Lay Me Down was recorded in St Margaret's Church, Lee, with the permission of the Rector, Revd. Dr. Alan Race, a Modern Church Council member and Chair of this year's Annual Conference.
It depicts the 22 year old soul singer at a funeral in the church standing in front of the deceased's coffin, then a flashback reveals that Smith actually married the man in question in the same church. The video then returns to the present day, some time after the funeral, with Smith mourning the loss of his husband in the empty church.
Smith was the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said about the video:
'Obviously gay marriage isn't legal in [Anglican] churches, and we're doing a gay marriage today, in the church. We're the first ever to do it. It's obviously not a real marriage, but still.
Going to the church today, it's like, "This is the first time we've let people with big noses in." That's the equivalent to me. I'm walking in, I'm going, "Why? Why are a man and a man not allowed to get married in this room?" Because it's the most natural thing.'
Smith echoed these sentiments in a Facebook post accompanying the video's release:
'This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country.'
Rector of St. Margaret's Lee Alan Race said:
‘It was a pleasure to meet Sam Smith and a pleasure to have him at St. Margaret’s. His plea that there should be gay marriages in church will, I believe, become reality in the not too distant future. How much longer can the church afford to continue alienating people whose spirituality yearns for recognition?’
More than two million people around the world have viewed the four minute video. If you watch carefully you should also be able to spot Alan Race making a cameo appearance: