Sam Smith says it was “a real honor” to perform at the White House to help celebrate the signing of federal legislation protecting the rights of same-sex and interracial couples.
The Oscar-winning singer has revealed they’ve changed the lyrics to their hit song Stay With Me to mark the “historic occasion”.
It comes after President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act, which recognizes the validity of same-sex and interracial marriages in the United States.
Smith gave the performance at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the U.S. Presidential Residence on Tuesday.
They said being present for the signing of the law was a “historic moment for the freedom of love” and “hopefully just the start of the important work ahead”.
“My heartfelt thanks to President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for inviting me to perform at the White House, it was a true honor,” Smith wrote on Instagram.
“I felt inspired to change the lyrics to ‘Stay With Me’ from ‘that’s not love, that’s plain to see’ to ‘that’s love, that’s plain to see’. see “to mark the historic occasion.”
They continued, “Watching President Biden sign the Respect for Marriage Act was a historic moment for freedom of love and hopefully just the beginning of the important work ahead for continue to expand protections for LGBTQ+, non-binary, and transgender communities; and build towards a world where love is celebrated regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality.
Smith was joined at the White House event by American musician Cyndi Lauper who performed her own hit song True Colours.
Lauper later appeared in the White House briefing room and gave a short speech at the top of the briefing, telling reporters she could “rest tonight.”
“I came here because I wanted to thank President Biden, President Pelosi, Vice President (Kamala) Harris, and all the advocates on his team,” she said.
“For once, our families, mine and many of my friends, people you know, sometimes your neighbors, we can sleep easy tonight because our families are validated.
“Because now we are allowed to love who we love, which seems strange to say, but Americans can now love who we love.
“Bless Joe Biden and all the people who worked on this to allow people and their children to not worry about their future.”