Amy Grant’s plan to have a ‘first bride and bride’ wedding on a family farm is drawing criticism

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Honoree Amy Grant attends the 45th Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony at the Kennedy Center on December 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Amy Grant, an honoree at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Dec. 4, is hosting a same-sex wedding for her niece. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Amy Grant’s announcement that she is organizing a same-sex wedding for her niece has upset conservative pastor Franklin Graham.

The contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, 62, shared the family news in an interview with the Washington Post last month, before receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. The article noted how the “Breath of Heaven” singer had shown support for the LGBTQ community in recent years, giving her a large fan base. Also, she and her country music star, Vince Gill, plan to host their cousin’s wedding on their family farm. Grant said it was her family’s “first bride and bride” wedding.

Grant told the outlet that her reaction to her niece coming out was that it was “a gift” to the family. “Honestly, from a faith perspective, I always say, ‘Jesus, you just boiled it down to two things: love God and love each other,'” she said. “I mean, hey – that’s pretty easy.”

Graham – the outspoken head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association founded by his late father – has publicly criticized the six-time Grammy winner over the news. He wrote on social media: “God defines what sin is [in the bible], not We; and His Word is clear that homosexuality is sin.”

Graham is known for being against same-sex marriage, likening it to “polygamy or incest.” He also opposed a bill that banned anti-gay conversion therapy in 2017, calling homosexuality an “abomination”.

While the post was on Graham’s social media pages, the “Baby, Baby” singer received a lot of support in the comments. Some included: “Thank you Amy, for your courage and love for all God’s people – I know it comes at a price,” one person wrote. Another called Grant “a wonderful example of Christian witness for decades. So many of her songs have helped me through hard times. I’m so sorry all you can do is judge and condemn. You got the whole gospel wrong. Very sad. ” Another wrote“Oh, you DID NOT just go after Amy Grant! How DARE you criticize someone for showing love? She is an amazing woman who has shown more grace and charity than you ever have. You shouldn’t judge her or anyone else I believe that is made perfectly clear in your Bible.”

A Grant representative did not respond to Yahoo’s request for comment on Franklin’s criticism.

Kennedy Center honoree contemporary Christian and pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant and husband Vince Gill pose on the red carpet at the reception for Kennedy Center honorees ahead of the official gala at the State Department in Washington, DC, U.S., Dec. 3, 2022. REUTERS/ Sarah Silbiger

Amy Grant with husband Vince Gill at the reception for Kennedy Center awards. (Photo: REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger)

The Kennedy Center Honors will air December 28 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Singer Brandi Carlile, who helped honor Grant at the event, shared Entertainment tonight about the support Grant has given her over the years, especially after she came out in 2002.

Grant’s music “was a very big part of my childhood. I’ve always seen and known Amy as a faith-based singer, especially a Christian singer,” said six-time Grammy winner Carlile. “When she came out, Amy was one of the first people to reach out to me, inviting me to her TV show when I was in my early twenties. Especially queer artists. I know they need some heat for it I know it hasn’t been easy, and I really admire her for that. Carlile added that what Grant has done for her “personally and publicly, as a queer person, [has] been very big and important in my growth.”

Grant attended the event with Gill, marking her first red carpet appearance since suffering a head injury in a cycling accident this summer. In July, while cycling in Nashville, she hit a pothole and was thrown off the bike. Grant, who was wearing a helmet, suffered cuts and bruises as well as a concussion after being knocked unconscious for about 10 minutes. She was briefly hospitalized.

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