Angel-faced duo demonized by religious right

Jason A. Michael
By | 2018-01-15T20:13:59-04:00 July 7th, 2005|Entertainment|

They’ve got the holy homophobes running scared. Contemporary Christian singing duo and life partners Jason and deMarco have been making headlines lately, both in the gay press and the religious press. In the first, these hot boys are hailed as heroes for helping gay Christians reclaim their faith. In the latter, they’re still considered hot boys, but only because they’re leading a gay parade into the fiery depths of hell.
“The problem with Jason and deMarco’s religious views is that it sounds very ‘New Agey,'” said Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association in one angry editorial. “One of them says he grew up Catholic but doesn’t care what the Catholic Church has to say about homosexuality. They both distance themselves from scripture and make religion and relationship with God based on something personal in terms of defining it themselves and basically expecting God to go along with it. And we know that’s not what Jesus taught. That’s not what the Bible teaches.”
And the backlash against these boys is not limited to compassionless conservatives in the U.S. No, homophobia, as we know, is a global epidemic. In April, a Jason and deMarco show scheduled in Singapore was banned by that country’s government because it would “promote a gay lifestyle, which would be against the public health interest.” One senior Singapore health official went as far as to suggest that a rise in new HIV infections in the country could be blamed on an annual gay and lesbian party.
For all the venom spewed in their direction, Jason and deMarco appeared unfazed.
“We want to be an example to gay and lesbian youth that it is possible to be gay, out, and have a career,” said deMarco in an Advocate cover story on the duo last summer. “It’s possible to be spiritual; it’s possible to love yourself and be in a relationship and function within society. People come up to us after our concerts [and they’re] filled with hope, and that’s what we hope to share.”
deMarco is the obvious rebel in the relationship. Unlike Jason, who clearly demonstrates a continued connection to his evangelical roots when he speaks, and of course as a result spent the requisite time in a guilt-infused, fundamentalist denial phase, deMarco, who was raised Catholic, says he never had any issue with being gay.
“I never had to reconcile my faith and my being gay because I never cared what the Catholic Church thought about my being gay,” he told the Advocate. “My relationship with God was not through the church but was very personal.”
Currently working on a new album, their last release, 2004’s “Spirit Pop,” featured a dozen original songs and was released on the couple’s own RJN Music label.
“Our vision is that ‘Spirit Pop’ will be much more than the title of a CD, but that this will be a movement,” the duo said in a statement on their website, www.jasonanddemarco.com. “This new music is pop music with a spiritual, positive message that everyone can relate to, regardless of background, religion, age or even musical style. Our vision is that this music will be played for years to come, reaching and speaking to hearts and minds across this country, and around the world.”
Indeed, if hearing the couple harmonize so beautifully together doesn’t speak to your heart, you might just need a transplant. There’s a richness is their joined voices that’s just, well, heavenly.
“I could never do this by myself; when we do this together, it’s like having a piece of home with you wherever you go and it makes you feel safe,” said deMarco. “People have told us in e-mails and in person that separately we were good, but when we come together and sing we go to a whole different level.”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.