Based out of Chicago, IL, Wilco is an indie band with both street credit and awesome talent. They won the 2005 Grammy Award for ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ for A Ghost is Born, and are generally freak’n awesome (editorialized a bit).
Check out what is arguably one of the best pieces of music ever released, 2002′s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, below:
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence, has concerned LGBTQ rights activists who have said the law allows discrimination against LGBTQ people by allowing private businesses and government organizations to deny services if it would go against their religious beliefs.
Gov. Pence has defended the law saying it mirriors similar federal legislation.
Wilco’s frontman, Jeff Tweedy, has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights – even penning an oped in Chicago’s Belleville News-Democrat urging his fellow Illinoisans to vote in favor of same-sex marriage back in 2013.
In my travels, I’ve witnessed firsthand that gay and lesbian couples want to marry for the same reasons all of us do — to share a lifetime of commitment. I feel very strongly that everyone should be able to marry the person he or she loves and enjoy the dignity and respect that comes with that commitment.
By excluding same-sex couples from marriage, our state saddles them, their children and itself with second-class status. That is wrong, and it hurts Illinois families and businesses.
Nine other states have already extended the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. I work and have friends in all those states, and I can say assuredly that it’s time for Illinois to join them. Waiting and sending the signal that we’re not open to and supportive of that community is a big mistake. The time is now.