Macklemore backs marriage equality at GF

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US rapper Macklemore used his performance at the NRL grand final to support marriage equality and says it was an honour to do so.

Macklemore found himself at the centre of Australia's gay marriage debate after backlash from former prime minister Tony Abbott and conservative commentators unhappy about him performing the marriage equality anthem Same Love at Sunday's season decider in Sydney.

To a screaming crowd at ANZ Stadium, Macklemore performed the marriage equality anthem Same Love with a simple sentence at the end before moving onto his next song.

"Equality for all," he said.

Despite the controversy, the rapper said performing at the grand final was an honour.

"Performing Same Love at the #NRLGF was one of the greatest honors of my career. Thank you @NRL for the opportunity & supporting equality," Macklemore tweeted after the game.

In a sign of the NRL's support for marriage equality, the big screens at the stadium displayed the words, "We stand for diversity," "We stand for inclusiveness" and "We stand for equality" during the Same Love performance.

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