Kristin Chenoweth on Faith, Gay Rights and Lessons Learned

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Singer Kristin Chenoweth

Singer Kristin Chenoweth is crooning about “Some Lessons Learned” on her fourth studio album, due out September 13, and it sounds like one of them is to stick to her guns.

The 43-year-old star has been open about being a Christian and a champion for gay rights, and as she explains to the Advocate, her position isn’t one that’s always readily accepted.

In 2005, the Oklahoma native was hired to be the singing spokeswoman for a Women of Faith concert, but wound up fired after the organization learned of her stance on gay rights. The Advocate notes that Chenoweth has called it “the saddest moment” in her professional career.

“I read my Bible and I pray and all of that – I really do. But at the same time, I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period,” she tells the magazine of her view. “I also think there are a lot of Christians who believe like me…My Grandma Chenoweth told me something when I was growing up. My [gay] best friend…I asked Grandma Chenoweth, ‘How can it be that he’s going to hell? I just don’t think that’s correct.’ And she said, ‘Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don’t choke on the bone.”

After Chenoweth came to the defense of her “Promises, Promises” co-star Sean Hayes, who was targeted in an article that claimed gays can’t convincingly play straight characters, she says there were some who weren’t on board with her viewpoint.

“Most of the feedback was positive, to be honest with you,” she says of the reaction. “But I did read online that some people were disappointed to hear that I felt that way. And that makes me sad. But what can I tell you? I’m sorry if somebody is offended by what I say, but it’s the truth of how I feel.”

Consider it one of the lessons she’s learned.

Speaking of her album, Chenoweth says this record offers both the “good and frustrating, hard and wonderful” teachable moments she’s had.

“Mostly,” she tells the Advocate, “I wanted it to be full of hope and inspiration for women like me: women that have had love but haven’t found the right one yet.”

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