By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jun 09, 2012 05:52 PM EDT
Country star and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood expressed her support for same sex marriage in an interview with a British newspaper.
U.K.'s The Independent published the interview Saturday with the following excerpt.
"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," Underwood said.
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"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."
Underwood explained in the interview that her "liberal" attitude towards same-sex marriage "comes because of her Christian values, rather than in spite of them," according to The Independent.
"Our church is gay friendly," Underwood, who attends a non-denominational congregation 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 singer reportedly said.
Underwood recently knocked Adele from the Billboard 200 album chart with her fourth album "Blown Away."
The singer who is also known for her evangelical faith will likely begin a debate among her many conservative fans about same sex marriage rights.
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