Amy Grant announces she is hosting a same-sex wedding for her niece, upsetting conservative pastor Franklin Graham.
The contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, 62, shared the family news in an interview with Washington Post last month, before receiving her Kennedy Center Honors. The article noted that the “Breath of Heaven” singer has, in recent years, expressed support for the LGBTQ community, of which she has a large fanbase. Also, she and her country music star husband, Vince Gill, plan to host their niece’s wedding at the family farm. It was her family’s “first for the bride and the bride,” Grant said.
Grant told the outlet that her reaction to her niece’s exit was a “gift” to the family. “Honestly, from the standpoint of my faith, I always say, ‘Jesus, I’ve reduced it to two things: love God and love each other,’” she said. “I mean, that’s very simple.”
Graham — the outspoken president of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, which his late father founded — has publicly criticized the six-time Grammy winner over the news. He wrote on social media, “God what is sin [in the bible], not us; His word is clear that homosexuality is a sin.”
Graham is known for his opposition to same-sex marriage, comparing it to “polygamy or incest”. He also opposed a bill banning gay conversion therapy in 2017, calling homosexuality “abhorrent”.
While the post was on Graham’s social media pages, the “Baby, Baby” singer received a lot of support in the comments. One wrote, “Thank you, Amy, for your courage and love for all of God’s people – I know it comes at a price.” Another called Grant “a great example of Christian witness for decades. Many of her songs have helped me through difficult times. I’m so sorry all you can do is judge and condemn. You got the gospel all wrong. Sad.” else books“Oh, you didn’t just go after Amy Grant! How dare you criticize someone for showing love? She is a wonderful woman who showed more grace and benevolence than ever before. You can’t judge her or anyone else. I think that’s quite clear in your Bible.” .
Grant’s representative did not respond to Yahoo’s request for comment on Franklin’s criticism.
The Kennedy Center Awards will be broadcast December 28 at 8 p.m. on CBS. told singer Brandi Carlile, who helped honor Grant at the event Entertainment tonight about the support Grant has given her over the years, especially after she came out in 2002.
Six-time Grammy Award winner Carlisle said Grant’s music “was a really big part of my childhood. I always saw Amy and knew Amy as a religious singer, as a Christian singer specifically”. “After coming out of the closet, Amy was one of the first people to reach out to me, inviting me to her TV show in my early 20s. And then, lately, you know, social media has been really supportive of me and non-LGBT entertainers specifically. She takes a little heat because of it. I know it wasn’t easy, and I admire her a lot for that.” Carlisle added that what Grant did for her “personally and publicly, as a weirdo, [has] He was really big and important in my development.”
Grant attended the event with Jill, marking her first red carpet appearance since suffering a head injury in a bike accident this summer. In July, she hit potholes while bike riding in Nashville and was thrown from the bike. Grant, who was wearing a helmet, suffered cuts and bruises as well as a concussion after being unconscious for 10 minutes. She was taken to the hospital for a short while.
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