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Watch: US inaugural poet pens stunning tribute to marriage equality

Nick Duffy September 21, 2014


The US inaugural poet has penned a special work in tribute to same-sex marriage.

Richard Bianco – who became the first out inaugural poet when he read at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2012 – wrote the new poem ‘Until We Could’ for Freedom To Marry, to celebrate a decade since Massachusetts became the first state to legalise same-sex marriage.

The poem, released today, was brought to life in a video by House of Cards star Robin Wright, and X-Men actor Ben Foster.

The project was the brainchild of Peter Spears, who volunteers with Freedom to Marry.

He told the Daily Beast: “We shot it in Austin’s film community, and Texas is on the precipice of marriage equality.

“There are real couples in the film — like the male couples in their forties with kids — and also actors.

“Austin was off the charts, they put all their talent and time into making this happen.”

Blanco added: “It seemed like the perfect fit immediately.

“It was a cause I believed in and wanted to be part of. As the first openly gay inaugural poet, it felt very inspirational.

“Love is love, marriage is marriage. In both cases they come with the good and bad, the great and dysfunctional.

“I wanted the poem to convey that in a way that even straight couples could relate to.

“I took moments based on personal experience, so I’m retracing the love I have for my own partner, and my own sense of marriage.”

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