When a celebrity comes out in support (or against) gay marriage it really isn’t news. But since Carrie Underwood has a good ol’ Christian country girl image, as well as a strong conservative fan base, her endorsement of gay marriage has a lot of people talking.
“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… 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.”
E! Online reports that Underwood grew up in a Baptist Church but now belongs to a non-denominational church with her husband Mike Fisher. Underwood told The Independent that her views on gay marriage stem from her religious beliefs.
“Our church is gay friendly…. 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.”
A spokesman for Equality California said that Underwood’s stance may irk some of her evangelical fans, but said that her younger fans probably welcomed the singer’s support of gay marriage.
The spokesman said:
“If you look at younger evangelicals, they are hugely out of step with their parents on this issue. They remain committed to their faith, but don’t see gay rights being in conflict with Christian values. So while her comments are great news, they aren’t necessarily a huge surprise.”
What do you think of Carrie Underwood? Do you think she’ll influence some of her fans to support gay marriage?