carrie underwood and gay marriage, Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has come out in support of gay marriage — and at least one conservative political group is saying, "Good for her."
Underwood, who's set to play London's Royal Albert Hall this month, expressed her opinion to the Independent. The British paper, in turn, promptly wondered whether the country-crossover darling risked the "wrath" of her genre's traditionally conservative fan base.
"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love and want to marry," Underwood told the Independent. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
Raised a Baptist and known for hits including "Jesus Take the Wheel," the singer told the paper she and husband Mike Fisher, who plays for the NHL's Nashville Predators, now attend a nondenominational, "gay-friendly" Christian church. Underwood's outlook is similar to that of singer and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, another devout heterosexual Christian from the South who is sympathetic to gay issues.
"Good for her," said Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder and executive director of GOProud, an organization that bills itself as "the voice of gay conservatives and their straight allies."
"You know, Carrie Underwood isn't any different from anyone else in America," LaSalvia said Monday in an e-mail to The Times. "The more Americans think about how issues affect their gay friends and family the more they come to realize that supporting same-sex civil marriage is the right thing to do. More and more people are coming to that conclusion — and that includes conservative Christians.
Fellow "American Idol" alum Clay Aikens, who in May finished second to Arsenio Hall on "Celebrity Apprentice" and came out as a gay man in September 2008, was supportive as well.In a recent interview with UK publication, The Independent, Carrie Underwood had this to say in SUPPORT of gay marriage:
"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
Carrie goes on to say that her liberal stance on gay marriage comes because of her Christian upbringing and not despite it. Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has come out in support of gay marriage. The married, 29-year-old country star believes everyone has the right to marry the person they love and share the same happiness. Despite criticism that speaking out for gay marriage could cause her to lose some of here more conservative fans, Carrie Underwood is firm in her belief that everyone is created equal by God when it comes to marriage.“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love,” Carrie Underwood said in an interview with London newspaper The Independent. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
Carrie Underwood, who is a devout Christian, said it is her faith that prompted her to come out in support of equal rights for gay citizens. “Our church is gay friendly,” Underwood said.
“Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me.’ No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”