Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has come out in support of gay marriage. The married, 29-year-old country star believes everyone has the right to marry the person they love and share the same happiness. Despite criticism that speaking out for gay marriage could cause her to lose some of here more conservative fans, Carrie Underwood is firm in her belief that everyone is created equal by God when it comes to marriage.

“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love,” Carrie Underwood said in an interview with London newspaper The Independent. “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.”

Carrie Underwood, who is a devout Christian, said it is her faith that prompted her to come out in support of equal rights for gay citizens. “Our church is gay friendly,” Underwood 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.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer added that she does not understand “people who use the Bible for hate” and said that is “not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented.”   Carrie Underwood launches her Blown Away tour in September 14th in Manchester, N.H.

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