Guns, roses and gay rights

In a new video, Slash and wife Perla Hudson speak up for same-sex marriage.

By Judy Berman

Published November 18, 2008 8:10PM (EST)

It's been quite a year for Guns 'N Roses fans and proponents of same-sex marriage alike. For both groups, there's been joy, pain and, most of all, anticipation. And now, they have something -- or, rather, someone -- else in common: Slash. The former GNR guitar player, who now shreds for Velvet Revolver, has just released a video (posted below) in which he and wife Perla Hudson announce their support for gay marriage in the wake of California's devastating decision on Proposition 8. As Slash plays the "Star-Spangled Banner," Hudson addresses the camera, telling us, "I married my sweetheart. You should be able to marry yours, too. Say no to hate and yes to equal rights. Keep up the fight."

Like everything anyone involved in GNR has ever done, it's steeped in '90s trash, from Slash's perennial enormous hat-and-even bigger-hair combo to Hudson's cooing, rocker-chick voice. But that's kind of why I love it. As much as I adored Tim Gunn's No on 8 ad, I assume that most people who are into Tim are also already hip to gay rights. Slash and Hudson's video, however, might just open a few minds.


Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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