Country music has been known to be fairly homophobic, what with its Nashville capital in the Deep South. But now Carrie Underwood, perhaps the genre's most popular country singer, has told The Independent that she attends a gay-friendly church and supports marriage equality .
"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," 29-year-old entertainer tells the UK paper's Guy Adams. "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."
Although Underwood says she's aware that this news could alienate some of her more conservative fans, she says her support for marriage equality comes from her Christian beliefs, not in spite of them. "Our church is gay friendly," she says. "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."
With so much discussion of the GOP and others being on the "wrong side" of the issue—and many high profile conservatives coming out in favor of same-sex marriage—it seems Underwood has decided to choose her side.