Just because people are Christians doesn’t necessarily mean they feel the same way about social issues. That’s the message to take away from a new interview Carrie Underwood has given in which the conservative singer comes out in support of gay marriage. The former American Idol winner has long been praised for her value system and good-natured charm by a certain segment of the population, but when it comes to homosexuality, she can’t understand why people aren’t allowed to love who they love in peace.

Speaking to The Independent, Underwood said her firm belief in God is actually what compels her to try and love everyone despite their differences.
"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."

Underwood was raised in a Baptist church, but she and her hockey-playing husband Mike Fisher are now members of a non-denominational church. Given this interview was conducted overseas, it’s unclear whether the former American Idol winner will be as overt about her opinions here in the States, but knowing her, I wouldn’t expect any backtracking.

The general public might not vote based on the recommendation of a celebrity, but something tells me the GLBT community is more than happy to have Underwood’s support.

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