Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes helped a gay couple celebrate their love during the band’s concert in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday.
Frontman Alex Ebert brought his two friends, PETA Senior VP Dan Mathews and his husband Jack Ryan, out on stage during the band’s performance of “Home.” Ebert explained he missed their wedding and wanted to officiate their vow renewal ceremony.
“Jack and Daniel, do you promise to love as freely as you want in your life and to be able to express that whenever and wherever you are as long as you shall be together?” Ebert asks Matthews and Ryan. The couple says yes and Ebert pronounces them “Jack Daniels” as they kiss and the dancing crowd cheers.
“HB2 was passed by an immoral minority – North Carolina has many thriving, creative, modern communities,” Ebert said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “We were tempted to cancel the show, but decided at the last minute to rally the crowd instead by renewing the vows of our good friends onstage.”