Rappers Will Smith and Jay-Z came out firmly in support of the LGBT community after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage earlier this year. Now a California rapper has taken it to the next level.

In a video released last week Murs wears a “Legalize Gay” shirt and shares a brief kiss with his on-screen boyfriend.

The video stars Murs who plays a high school teen in a relationship with Jonathan; an openly gay student at his high school. Murs’ character on the other hand keeps his sexuality on the “D.L.”

“Boyfriend Roderick kept his secret closeted/Scared to come out into this world of zero tolerance,” Murs raps.

“With this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex?” Murs wrote on YouTube. “And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”

A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in May found people of color are more likely to support gay marriage than whites with black support at record high. The poll found 59 percent of blacks in the U.S. support same-sex marriage compared to 50 percent of whites.

And one last observation, the title “Animal Style” refers to french fries available at the conservative burger chain In-N-Out. The restaurant has printed citations of Bible passages on cups, wrappers and other pieces of packaging since at least the late 1980s.

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