The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) launched a Twitter campaign today (14 June) to show support for country music singer Carrie Underwood who is being attacked by some fans because she recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage.
In a recent profile interview with British newspaper The Independent, the country singer said she believes, as a Christian, everyone has the right to ‘love publicly.'
‘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.’
The singer then went on to invoke her faith: 'Our church is gay friendly. 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.'
Although her words have made her a hero to many, others have taken to Twitter to slam Underwood. Here is a sampling:
'I warned @carrieunderwood fans that their idol was going to get backlash for her support of marriage perversion and I was right! #asusual' '@carrieunderwood Is a disgrace. Being vegan and supporting gay marriage doesn't seem very country at all.'
'Another day, and a another "gospel" artist signed to "EMI" comes out supporting gay marriage.@carrieunderwood Unequally signed to the devil'
GLAAD is urging people to combat the negative tweets with tweets of support for Underwood at @carrieunderwood using the hash tag #supportcarrie.