Carrie Underwood draws flak from conservative Christian group over gay marriage support

Country singer Carrie Underwood has drawn flak from conservative Christian group American Family Association for her support for gay marriage, saying she is creating confusion among young believers.

(REUTERS / Steve Marcus)Singer Carrie Underwood performs ''Good Girl'' at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada April 1, 2012.

AFA's comments about Carrie Underwood came after the country music star performed at the international Christian gathering Passion 2017 conference held at the Georgia Dome. Pastor Louie Giglio, the head of Passion City Church in Atlanta and founder of the Passion Movement, let Underwood sing her hit song "Something in the Water" on the event's first day, The Christian Post details.

According to AFA General Counsel Abraham Hamilton III, more churches and Christian leaders have helped create confusion among the youth over the issue of gay marriage. He said famous figures like Underwood and church leaders who wish to remain attractive to the public are not helping the confused young believers.

In an interview for Allure magazine's February 2013 issue, Underwood reaffirmed her support for gay marriage by saying she could not imagine what it was like to be told that she could not marry the person she loves. The country artist acknowledged her Christian faith and her love for God but also said she is in favor of acceptance regardless of a person's belief and lifestyle.

In a video posted on Monday, AFA executive vice-president Ed Vitagliano also criticized Pastor Giglio's decision to let Underwood sing to the Christian attendees of the Passion 2017 conference. He questioned the move, saying millennials are struggling with the issue of homosexuality and the singer is negating the Bible's teachings about it.

"The controversy is why would Louie Giglio put someone in front of millennials, who are struggling with this issue, who is basically saying that the Bible is not true in what it says about homosexuality," said Vitagliano in the video.

Moreover, AFA Outreach Director Wesley Wildmon wrote an open letter to Giglio expressing his frustration and disappointment over the decision to let Underwood sing during the Passion 2017. In the said letter, he said Underwood's principles on marriage are wrong and God's teaching on the topic is the right one.