“Good morning sweetie, the federal government recognizes our marriage.” That’s how Denver singer-songwriter Matt Morris’ husband woke him up on Wednesday morning.
The local musician, known for writing songs for Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and most recently Cher, had just gotten back from L.A. and slept through the announcement of the Supreme Court shutting down the same-sex marriage ban.
“It’s a pretty significant moment in a lot of people’s lives,” Morris said. “I am profoundly grateful to all the people who have worked to make this possible.”
He took to social media to share his excitement, posting on Facebook, “My gay husband and I are really happy today.” The comment has more than 800 likes and 51 comments of support from his fans.
“If what this does is shift people’s focus toward individual relationships and honor the dignity of the people in those relationships, then we will continue to grow,” Morris said.
In 2008, Morris and his husband Sean took the brief window before Proposition 8 was voted on to get married in San Francisco. Soon after, Morris, who had reached fame as a songwriter through the early 2000s, came out publicly to his fans.
“It wasn’t that long ago that people in the LGBT community thought this would be impossible,” he said of how public opinion has changed since he came out. “There’s been a tremendous shift since 2008 of more and more people making great steps toward equality.”
Last week, Cher performed “Woman’s World” on “The Voice,” a song written by Morris and will appear on her upcoming album “Closer to the Truth.”