As a teen who faced bullying and harassment coming out, being surrounded by women so comfortable with their identities put me at ease.Brought together by music, we shared a connection—a sense of solidarity. I wanted her to experience what I did, to feel that belonging in music that spoke directly to our community.But I've always had a very strange feeling about Valentine's Day.I feel like it's one of those special occasions that I am always reflexively doing the opposite of what you're probably supposed to do.Although the Quins hail from Canada, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2005, they both live in the States--meaning they have a stake in, and an opinion on, the two potentially landmark cases currently facing the Supreme Court. Sara is a New York resident, where gay marriage is legal, but Tegan lives in Los Angeles, where for the moment at least, it's not.
Same-sex marriage increasingly has Americans on its side, with overwhelming support among young people.I kinda feel like I started making pop music by accident but for you guys it's been a steady evolution, hasn't it?Sara: One thing that really changed for me working in that genre is that we came from the world of rock music - originally we came from punk rock, then splintered off into indie rock. I don't know if that was self-imposed or if that was the insitutionalised nature of that genre.What are your thoughts on the Prop 8 case, which Tegan, could potentially really impact you and your partner? When all of this came up, I was really nervous – thinking more grand on a national level and a global level how all of this attention to one case, and to California and to gay marriage – how that would feel as a queer person and also as a Canadian.I was concerned it would drum up so much negativity that I would start to feel bad.