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Tegan and Sara release new music video for 'BWU'

Melody Lau

Tegan and Sara have always been advocates of the legalization of same-sex marriage. On "I Was Married," the opening track of the duo's 2007 album The Con, Sara Quin tackled the subject, revealing in a Genuis annotation: "I wrote the song as an acknowledgement of how far we've come and the pride and celebration of being able to access those rights at that time in Canada really impacted me [...] It was part of what made me politcally engaged in the same-sex marriage movement in the United States and internationally because I thought, 'If we have this in Canada can you imagine how f--ked up it is that people don't have it everywhere else?" 

Eight years after The Con, same-sex marriage was finally legalized in the U.S. On Tegan and Sara's latest album, Love You to Death, Sara returns to the topic of marriage on the synth-pop track "BWU," but this time to assert that she's personally not interested in the institution of marriage at all. In a new music video released today, Sara is seen wandering around proposing to almost everyone she sees (even almost accidentally proposing to sister Tegan at one point). But in reality, that ring box is empty. "Save your first and last dance for me/ I don't need a white wedding," she sings. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sara explains her stance on marriage: "I was happy when the Supreme Court ruling legalized same sex marriage in the U.S.A. But I was also relieved that I could finally 'come out' as a person who actively dislikes the institution — specifically the assumption that by not participating in the ritual you are a deviant or unlikely to share the same common values as someone who does." Director Clea Duvall, who is also behind the upcoming film The Intervention which Sara scored, added, "I liked the idea of having no one really understand how lonely it can be when you have different ideas about what you want your life to be."