Country superstar Reba McEntire has declared her full support for same-sex marriage in a new interview with PrideSouce promoting her new album, “Love Somebody,” telling the LGBT magazine a gay grandchild would be a “gift from God.”
McEntire, 60, recalled attending her first same-sex wedding earlier this year, the wedding of her close friends Michael and Steven, who have been together for 20 years before they were finally able to tie the knot.
“I thought that it was not fair, and I didn’t understand why they couldn’t get married,” McEntire said. “It wasn’t because they just wanted to get married. If one of them had gotten injured and gone to the hospital, the other one couldn’t make decisions for them. It’s very upsetting. It’s not only for convenience or for romantic reasons — it’s for practicality.”
“I don’t understand why people have a problem with it,” says McEntire, regarding gay marriage. “I’m a very spiritual person, but I don’t judge. I try not to; I’m only human. To each his own, and everybody is different. God did not make us all the same. So, I just pray for an open mind and a loving heart, and I think that’s all I can do.”
McEntire spoke out about country music’s growing list of openly gay and lesbian stars, which includes Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, Chely Wright and Brandy Clark.
“It’s really, really sad what they’re living with before they decide to come out,” she said. “And then why they decide to come out, and how they deal with it after they’ve come out — the pressure society puts upon them, their families and what they put upon them, whether they accept it or they don’t.”
“You gotta love people for who they are,” she added. “Accept them, and then go on with life.”
McEntire also sounded off on what it means to be a parent and caring for a child regardless of their sexual orientation.
“What a child needs when they’re growing up is support and love, mainly love,” she said. “Love can go a long, long ways whether they’re gay or not. All the troubles and the problems and the obstacles that they are going to face in their lives are going to be astronomical, especially in their very young, inexperienced minds. And if they do happen to be gay, that’s going to be a harder hurdle to get over. What a parent needs to do more than anything is jump in there with love and support. You made ’em. They’re a gift from God. Love ’em as they are.”
Check out the complete interview at PrideSource.com.