In accepting the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message on Sunday, Macklemore made a strong statement in support of gay rights.

The Seattle-based duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' video for Can't Hold Us won the VMA for Best Hip Hop Video.

The duo also performed their gay marriage anthem Same Love. The song's accompanying video won the VMA for its social message.

(Related: Jennifer Hudson joins Macklemore, Mary Lambert during MTV Same Love performance.)

“I'm going to be honest, I really wanted to win the best rap video,” Macklemore said in his acceptance speech. “But this moonman right here stands for a lot more. I've been writing songs for, like, since I was 15 years old. And out of every single song that I have ever written, to me this is the most important record out of all of them. Gay rights are human rights, there's no separation.”

Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert shared the stage with Macklemore in accepting the prize.