Gospel Band Pulls Out Of Anti-Equality March Because ‘Music Is About Love’

On Thursday, the National Organization for Marriage posted some “important announcements” about its upcoming march against marriage equality targeting the Supreme Court. Among the many new guests booked for the accompanying rally was The Lee Boys, an African-American sacred steel ensemble that was to perform. (“Sacred steel” is a unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat, according to the group’s page.) It seems, though, that The Lee Boys were not familiar with NOM’s positions or its race-wedging tactics, because the group has confirmed that it has now dropped out:

Thanks for the info, we really didn’t know. And we would never want to hurt anyone… We’re not playing the show…

They also told Jeremy Hooper that “music is about love” and the band “would never want to offend.”

The group is still displayed on NOM’s blog, which is featured on the march’s site.

Here’s The Lee Boys encouraging fans to “smile for a brand new day,” which it certainly will be if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality: