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A.J. McLean honored gay friends with video

A.J. McLean honored gay friends with video

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Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean convinced his bandmates to focus on marriage equality in their latest video in a nod to his beloved gay best friends.

The group’s new promo for latest track In A World Like This celebrates relationships, and features a number of couples watching major events in recent history – including same-sex marriage.

McLean was adamant he wanted to support the gay community in its fight for marriage equality through the video.

He tells E! Online, “It stemmed from me personally. I have a lot of gay friends and two of my best friends have been together for almost 10 years. And living in California, it’s been so f**ggin’ frustrating to me that they could not get it right; they couldn’t pass the bill. Then, literally, right after we dropped the video, they actually passed the bill in California, and I was just ecstatic. I just love the fact that people love each other, no matter if they’re the same sex or not. I think everybody’s equal, period.”

In July, lawmakers at the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex unions by striking down the controversial Defense of Marriage Act and overturning California’s Proposition 8.

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