I recently saw an interview online with Chely Wright where she stated that since she came out as a lesbian in 2007, no major country music star has spoken out in any way to state that they were happy and/or proud of her for being the first (exclusively) country music singer to be openly gay. (I use the word exclusively because k.d. lang sang a number of different types of music, but most would argue that lang was never a country music singer to the degree that Wright was/is). Although in that video interview, Wright did say something about Brad Paisley, who Wright briefly dated. Something along the lines of how he told someone that he was happy for Wright being in a happier place.
Today I saw on facebook (through Chely Wright's page) that Carrie Underwood has publicly come out in support of gay marriage. Some quotes from that article:
Underwood later mentions the church she attends with her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher:In a development that will doubtless outrage her many fans on the religious right, the nation's most popular country singer, Carrie Underwood, has come out vehemently in favour of gay marriage.
"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."
As far as I know, no country music singer has been this outspoken on the issue of gay rights...especially at the peak of their career. Will a Dixie Chicks-backlash now happen to Underwood? Or will this article get buried? The article does say that she makes 20 million dollars a year when she has an album out and is touring. Maybe she figures she has enough money and has had enough success that she doesn't care what happens. I've often got the feeling that she's kind of a no-nonsense kind of person who is not truly all into the things that come along with fame...that if she lost it all, she'd be happy to be back on the farm and singing for herself. To me, Carrie Underwood is showing that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside."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."