Ozomatli take on the subject of equal rights on their newalbum, Fire Away.
On the feel-good, mid-tempo ballad "Gay Vatos In Love" theGrammy-award winning group takes on the still tabooed subject. The song was in part inspired by Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act, that proposed that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
The press release for the album describes the song as one ofthe most controversial records the group has ever made. While none of the groupmembers are gay, Raul Pacheco said they believe everyone should have a right to"choose who and how they love one another."
"Do you believe that everyone deserves love? Even gayvatos?," Pacheco asks. "Yes, for sure. It is always a good time to challengeour own notions and boundaries of what can be. Especially in the ever presentnatural need and quest for love."
The seven-piece band celebrated its 15thanniversary on April 1 and is currently on tour. April 23 will be declared "Ozomatli Day" in Los Angeles. The city's mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, will honor the group at City Hall.
Fire Away will bereleased on April 20 on Mercer Street/Downtown Records.
- California Marriage Protection Act