Carrie Underwood Says Christianity Compelled Her to Support Gay Marriage

The Christian singer explains why she's in favor of marriage equality: "Above all, God wanted us to love others"

Add country superstar Carrie Underwood to the list of showbiz stars coming out in favor of 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," the Grammy winner -- and practicing Christian -- told the U.K.'s The Independent newspaper.

"I can't imagine how that must feel," she said. "I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."

Underwood, who has been married to professional hockey player Mike Fisher since July 2010, says her Christian faith actually convinced her to support gay marriage.

"Above all, God wanted us to love others," the "Jesus, Take the Wheel" singer said. "It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me.'"

The former American Idol champion was raised Baptist but now attends a nondenominational church with her husband.

"No, we're all different," she continued. "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."

Underwood's announcement is a bit surprising because many country stars have a larger religious and conservative following than other celebrities. We love that she's willing to risk alienating some of her fans in order to stand up for what she believes in!

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