Carrie Underwood Faces Right-Wing Backlash Over Remarks Supporting Marriage Equality

Earlier this month, Carrie Underwood expressed her support for marriage equality in an interview with the UK's Independent, noting that noted that her church is gay-friendly and it isn't her job to judge people:

Underwood"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."

She's now facing right-wing backlash, the AP reports:

Speaking in London, Underwood was uncomfortable revisiting the subject and said she was staying away from reading the reactions.

"I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how, and after that I do what I do and I love making music and I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy," she told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

That said, Underwood is a former "American Idol" and Grammy winner who knows what she says will be heard.

"The role-model word is really scary to me, because no matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing, whatever — somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well," she said. "I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that's wonderful. If not, that's OK too."

FarahAnd this morning, a lashing from World Net Daily's Joseph Farah:

Carrie Underwood suggests God did not set rules. Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death.

She says, “It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” This has become something of a mantra in the apostate church. But it is a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The context of that sermon makes it clear that Jesus meant to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Others are not to be judged unfairly. He didn’t mean we aren’t supposed to confront people with their sin so they could be brought to repentance, because He Himself commanded us to do just that.

God did warn us not to profane His holy name.

I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word.

That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians.

GLAAD last week launched a 'Support Carrie' campaign. "Show your support by tweeting to Carrie (@carrieunderwood) using #supportcarrie."


  1. Jack M says

    So the Christianists strike again. They say they take the Bible literally, but then turn around and say it doesn’t say what it really says? “Judge not, lest ye be judged” applies to everyone, in every situation, literally. What pathetic hypocrites!

  2. Dave says

    God Bless Carrie Underwood for standing up for what she believes, she is a real Christian and American. America is still free and we can stand up for the truth and what we believe and the anti-gay Christian Nazis need to be stopped before they make America into an other crazy mad man Hitler Christian dictatorship using the Christians to kill and imprison LGBT people and minority religions and anybody else they want to destroy.

  3. says

    World Net Daily is the right wing crazy equivalent of left wing crazy Daily Kos. They are all idiots.

    @Dave – Good comment

    @Jack M – Yes, the Christians strike again. Meanwhile in Iran, they are hanging us gay guys for committing scary sodomy. You poor dear. Run for your life, honey. The Christians are coming after you.

  4. St. Theresa of Avila says

    Well meaning people like Carrie need to modify the “it’s not for me to judge” message. It’s not for her or anyone to judge someone for something they cannot change (being gay) and that doesn’t hurt anybody (living an openly gay life). It’s fine to judge Sandusky, Manson, Cheney, et al.

  5. says

    @Dave anti-gay Christian Nazis? While there are many anti-gay Christians, check your history, honey.

    Nazism was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin’s Communism. The very word “Nazi” is a German abbreviation for “National Socialist” (Nationalsozialist) and the full name of Hitler’s political party (translated) was “The National Socialist German Workers’ Party” (In German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)

  6. Michael says

    Why don’t Christians just amend the Ten Commandments because I am really sick of them acting as if God forgot to include Thou Shall Not Be Gay as one of them.

    Btw how does anyone get we can judge another out of Do Not Judge???

  7. Michael says

    Btw2, that guy looks like he would be much more at home if he shaved off that moustache, put on a wig, slapped on some makeup and started singing show tuned.

  8. Keith says

    @Mikey Nowhere, that’s what so funny when extremists say that homosexuality goes against God’s law. The Ten Commandments are supposed to be the only laws God bestowed upon man and they say nothing regarding homosexuality.

  9. woodroad34 says

    “I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word.”

    Back atcha, asshat.

  10. qj201 says

    This is the problem with fundies like Farah that make them no different from hard line islamic imans.

    THEY tell us what the scripture MEANS in THEIR OPINION.

    Not allowed to read it for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

  11. Paul R says

    I spend far too much time reading news, and I’ve never heard of his site. Who cares what he says? He doesn’t make any sense and looks like crap.

  12. UFFDA says

    DONALD – What kind of an shi*faced remark was that? Why don’t you go post somewhere else, or shove a post up your a** you pig.
    Carrie Underwood has spoken with pure intent and there is no good reason why she should either lose a single album sale or suffer any consequence. Your remark is cynical and cruel and I will be looking for your name every time you post here to be sure you get the ass-kicking you deserve.

  13. Zesty says

    @Donald This was the question:

    “Does she ever struggle, I ask, to square her religion with the progressive, gay-friendly mores of the music industry?”

    I think it was a difficult question because it was so loaded, all the more so because this interviewer was hellbent on stereotyping her fanbase and her music. She answered simply that she doesn’t see a conflict between her religion and gay-friendliness. It was a good answer, and one likely to be a conversation starter among moderate and younger Christians. The extremists on the wrong side of history are beyond hope anyway.

  14. Bart says

    I see…Carrie Underwood can have an opinion only if these right wing nutbags agree with it? And then in the same breath, Mr. Literal says, “That’s not what Jesus meant…” Oh really??? So the guy with the 70s porn moustache is not the arbiter of what literal in the Bible and what isn’t?

    Maybe all these crazy psuedo-Christians should have a meeting and come to some sort of agreement on what we should take literal (you know…stonings, putting children to death, slaves, etc.) and what we shouldn’t.

    Please leave the list near the toilet so I have something to read while I’m going.

  15. says

    Farah and Underwood have done a really good job of defining the two perspectives within Christianity. They can be summed with this aphorism: religion is doing what your told, regardless of what’s right; spirituality is doing what’s right, regardless of what you’re told. Farah is religious; Underwood is spiritual.

  16. dazzer says

    Carrie Underwood was on BBC Breakfast yesterday and on ITV’s Loose Women today in Britain. On both occasions she reiterated her support for gay marriage – and did it with great charm. As she’s not known in the UK (I’d never heard any of her songs before),I suspect that her civilsed gentility and superb voice will do her a lot of favours in this market. If she can build up her international fanbase, I suspect that she’ll be able to raise an elegantly manicured, perfectly polite finger in the direction of the butters who are criticising her.

  17. says

    Underwood is a smart cookie. She knew there would be backlash to her comments and she spoke out anyway. This man’s influence is insignificant in comparison to Underwood and he knows it. She could buy and sell him many times over and, if she never sells another albus, she’ll still die a very rich woman. A rich and righteous woman.

  18. kpo5 says

    Ugh, and I was just beginning to have a little faith in faith after seeing all of the churches participating in Boston’s parade…

    In one derpy-Farah-poof, it’s gone.

    I think I know why gay folks like their dystopian novels/movies – we’re living in one. The “good” people are bad, the “bad” people make things better, the “smart” people know nothing and the sheeple just ignore what doesn’t directly apply to them.

  19. Craig says

    If “The Ten Commandments are not suggestions” what exactly are they? Only two and a half of them are even laws (murder/steal/bear false witness) – what are the rest considered?

  20. say what says

    @ ALAN


    world net daily bills itself as a news source which also takes seriously magic jesus descending from the clouds any day now and that armegedon is a serious topic

    Daily kos is a combo of news aggregator and blog that with any blog has some nuts posting nuty diaries

    HUGE DIFFERENCE/ false equivalence on your part

  21. Jmac says

    “Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death.”

    Which commandment says ANYTHING about marriage? I’m not a bible scholar but I know the ten commandments are all about murder, thievery and not worshiping false idols.

  22. amarige55 says

    Joseph Farah also needs to remember the bible says “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Our job as Christians is not to confront people with their sins but to glorify Christ by telling people how we believe. If we start confronting people with their sins, we better be prepared when they confront us right back. Mr. Farah might want to speak of only what he knows about lest he appear boastful and prideful because anyone who says we are supposed to point out others sins, obviously feels he is without sin!

  23. Wdeanis says

    So… What about the rest of us that reject the religions? You take gods out of the argument (a big thing to ask of a government, evidently. Or maybe just that one God, the others don’t make much appearance in the US gov’t weirdly enough…) and the arguments die away.

  24. Glen says

    Dan Savage makes the best point. Why is it they zero in on this one thing? If you are to accept the bible as fact then you have to accept all of it. With mouth full of shrimp and unwed daughters giving birhh they scream about gay marriage being a sin, that homosexuality is a sin. Start stoning unwed mothers to death first and I will believe your coniviction.

  25. says

    I met Carrie with my boyfriend at a music festival in Austin years ago. My boyfriend worked for the promotion company and we were in a room with her, her assitant and makeup artist for nearly an hour. During that hour she asked about her relationship, how we met, thought it was all so romantic, was so charming, so kind and kept complimenting what a “adorable couple” we were. From that one interaction with her, not only do I KNOW first hand she’s genuine about being a supporter of all love, an ally for gays, and non judgmental but I can say she was truly one of the kindest spirits I met in the industry….ever (along with Dolly Paron, and Sarah Mclachlan)

    Carrie Underwood does not deserve this. PLEASE show your support for her any way you can (and that includes any gay celebrities or gay organizations reading this. Reach out to her and express how much her sincere support means)

  26. Reco says


    Anti Communism, right wing Christianity, pro capitalist(Krupp, Hugo Boss), mass murder of homosexuals etc.

    So thats where the Right gets their ides(from Adolf Hitler).

    BTW: Love your brain dead argument which would make North Korea “democratic” etc.

    Guess what Mussolini’s party was called: The Fascist REPUBLICAN party?

    See the flaw in your logic now?

    Learn history dumbass.

  27. says

    I so prayed that Carrie would have stuck to her original Christian beliefs. But now she has just prostituted herself for the sake of fame. I really never thought she would.

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