Add Carrie Underwood to the list of celebrities supporting marriage equality.
The country singer, whose new album was released last month, was responding to a question by The Independent regarding how she reconciles her Christianity with the more liberal mores of the music industry. Underwood responded, “Our church is gay-friendly. Above all, God wanted us to love others. … We have to love each other and get on with each other. 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.”
This announcement is a little different than Lady Gaga saying the same thing. As The Independent points out, Underwood’s fanbase is firmly rooted in the Bible Belt, and it’ll be interesting to see how current country fans respond. It’s not exactly the same sentiment, but remember the outcry when the Dixie Chicks criticized President Bush?
But, as Underwood states in the article, she’s trying to become more mainstream, crossing over not just in America but in the much more secular U.K. (where country artists typically struggle). An announcement like this could be just the thing to gain her some more respect — and maybe a few new fans as well.