Carrie Underwood, American Idol winner and darling of the country music world, which some view as the last “conservative” bastion in music [supposedly kinda not really if you actually know people in the industry], is now on record as a supporter of full marriage rights for gays and lesbians. This is also notable because Carrie is a committed Evangelical Christian. Here’s what she had to say:
“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.”
She said, however, that her liberal attitude towards same-sex marriage comes because of her Christian values, rather than in spite of them. Though raised a Baptist, a church that tends to oppose homosexuality, Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher, a professional ice-hockey player, now worship in a non-denominational congregation.
“Our church is gay friendly,” she 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.”
“Because of her Christian values.” Boom! That’s what’s really is coming in the younger generations, and if I were a member of the old guard Religious Right, I think I’d be freaked out. As it is, the latest polls show that an overwhelming 73% of Americans between 18 and 34 are supporters of marriage equality, and that includes a heck of a lot of Christians.