The xx issue statement in response to their music being used by anti-gay marriage organisation

A Croatian pressure group has used their music in an advert

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The xx have issued a statement saying they "unconditionally" support the right to equal marriage after a Croatian anti-gay marriage pressure group used their track 'Intro' in an online advert without permission.

The organisation, U ime obitelji, which translates in English as The Name Of The Family, has garnered enough signatures to force a referendum on an equal marriage ban in Croatia, which will take place on December 1.

This referendum would change the Croatian constitution and, for the first time in the country, define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

"It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation "U ime obitelji"," the statement posted on the band's Facebook page reads. "We wish to state that we didn't, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality."

The advert has now been taken down.

Last week (November 24) it was announced that The xx would be releasing their two albums as limited edition boxsets.

Every track on the band's 2009 'xx' debut and 2012's 'Coexist' album will be pressed onto seven-inch vinyl and packaged into two limited edition boxsets with individual artwork for each record. Each set will cost £55 and is limited to 1,000 copies. Boxsets will be shipped on December 2. For more information click here.

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