Queen Latifah was sworn in as a temporary commissioner by the state of California. so that the 33 marriages were legal.
The nuptials took place during a performance of "Same Love." The song was deemed sort of an anthem for same sex marriage couples.. As "officiator" Queen Latifah stage to officiate the simultaneous wedding of 34 couples of varying ages and sexual orientations, Madonna took the stage and performed her own classic "Open Your Heart."
"I had to be sworn in as an official. I'm not a minister. If you come see me before 12 o'clock tonight, I got your back. After that, you'll have to take the regular route. I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is just the norm — normal special, not extra, extra special. To me, it's special for all the couples who married today. And I look forward to dashing off to go sign marriage certificates. It's awesome. The weight of it comes down, because it wouldn't matter if you're same-sex couples or heterosexual couples or interracial couples, it doesn't matter to me, this is someone's life committed to one another, and you want to make sure you do it right. That is what sunk in for me."
"I think they're brave. I think they should be celebrated tonight because to have your wedding in front of 100 million people is pretty momentous. And it's been fun at the rehearsals. Just looking at the joy in their eyes, looking at the playfulness, looking at them look into each others eyes and do dances. This is really a moment for them. They are very, very happy. And I'm just here. I can say I was here, and that will not leave me."
When asked if she thought Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were changing racial and sexual stereotypes in hip hop, she said, "Honestly, I don't think this is new ground for hip hop. I think this is exactly what hip hop is capable of."
Queen Latifah Officiates Mass Wedding Ceremony
"When I started rapping, it was much more common for rappers to speak about different things going on in the world," she said. "We're part of the reason apartheid was changed. We brought it to the attention of a lot of people who didn't know what was going on, or violence in the communities or anything that was some type of social injustice. We've always been able to talk about it through hip hop."
"I just hope this is an inspiration to all the rappers out there, and hip hop artists out there, that they can continue to tackle any subject you want, what might seem like a difficult subject," she said.
Whisperer, what do you think?