In an interview with the Independent, the married country singer said, “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,” she continued to the U.K. outlet.
The “American Idol” winner explained that she attends a “gay friendly” church and doesn’t believe she has the right to judge anyone.
“Above all, God wanted us to love others,” the “Jesus Take the Wheel” singer told the Independent.
Fellow country singer Chely Wright, who came out as a lesbian in 2010 and married her partner the following year, called Underwood “brave” and “bold” on Twitter for the decision to support same-sex marriage. However, the reaction hasn’t been totally positive.
Underwood has never shied away from injecting her faith in her music, something she discussed in a recent interview with Glamour (via Taste of Country.)
“Country music is different. You have that Bible Belt-ness about it,” she explained. “I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won’t be the last. And it won’t be the last for me, either. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”
It’s because of this that some of the religious backlash against this revelation should be expected. Some commenters on the site Taste of Country, for example, said they are “disappointed” in Underwood, while others said they would no longer buy her music.
Still, it seems this announcement has gained Underwood fans, as well. One commenter on the Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Because of her comments I am now interested in supporting [her] all the more.”