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Kristin Chenoweth Says Supporting Gay Rights Doesn't Clash With Her Christian Beliefs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:25AM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is probably best-known to TV audiences for her hilarious guest-star spots on 'Glee,' playing the alcoholic high school dropout April Rhodes. But come midseason she'll be hitting the small screen with a starring role in ABC's new Bible Belt comedy, 'Good Christian Belles.'

The Tony-winning Broadway star ('Wicked') also has a successful recording career, and has been out on the interview circuit lately to promote her latest album, 'Some Lessons Learned,' which is where she's courted controversy in some circles by confirming that her staunch Christian beliefs are not at odds with her support for the gay community.

In an interview with 'The Advocate' Chenoweth says that people are born gay or straight, just like they're either tall or short, and that it's not a choice. In response to a question about people who cite Christinaity as justification for passing discriminatory laws, she said "I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?'"

She added that, "It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You're going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.' I think he'd be accepting and loving."

Chenoweth continued, using her own tiny stature to illustrate her point. "What would I do if it was a sin to be short? That's the way God made me, so what could I do? Let's see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5'1". But the bottom line is, I'm 4'11" and that's the way I was put together. And that's what I believe about homosexuals."

Discussing many in the Christian community who think her support for gay rights doesn't mesh with her faith, Chenoweth -- who thinks Christians also get a bad rap -- says "I always say 'I don't judge you for your opinions, so please don't judge me for mine.' I'm not out to tell people they're wrong. I'm just here to say what I believe."

Talking to AOL TV earlier this year, Chenoweth was excited about the upcoming 'Good Christian Belles.' "I'm glad I can't think of another show to compare it to. It takes places in a world I haven't seen before on television -- the church. You know all these women no matter what religion you are. And this is a world I know really well, growing up in the Bible Belt."

AOL TV rated the pilot episode of 'GCB' as one to watch, describing it as "The campy fun of the early seasons of 'Desperate Housewives' + the old school soapiness of 'Dallas' = delicious viewing."

However, in recent weeks there's been drama behind the scenes as exec producer Darren Star has been banned from the set. Star has also reportedly been asked not to speak to writer and fellow executive producer Robert Harling and showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg. There's still been no word on what casued the drama, or how it might affect the show.

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Anita

Actually, she can say what she wants, but if she is a christian she is correct it is not for any of us to judge others, only God will be the final judge. BUT.. if she reads her Bible, God DESTROYED Sodom and Gommorah because of sinful and un-natural acts such as homosexuality, ***********, and the worship of idols, and other gods. You are not born gay, it is a choice.

September 09 2011 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gibbslaporama

God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah because the people there were not friendly and refused to offer hospitality to outsiders. Second why would someone choose to belong to a population set that so many feel the need to hate? Sorry Anita, choice over biology does not wash. By the way, how is the oj these days?

September 09 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DiMeo

Finally someone who is citing jesus for something positive

September 09 2011 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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