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Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Kenny Alphin Endorse Gay Marriage

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Kenny Alphin Endorse Gay Marriage

BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF; PUBLISHED: MAY 03, 2013

Four stars of country music on Thursday announced their support for a bill which seeks to make Illinois the 11th state to legalize gay marriage.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and “Big” Kenny Alphin of the musical duo Big & Rich endorsed the proposed legislation in an open letter.

“Traditionally speaking, country music, arguably more than any other genre, draws its inspiration from that inexplicable conundrum known as the human condition. Songs and stories of love, family, joy, and human imperfection are the root of its appeal. Imagine a world without Ray Charles' version of I Can't Stop Loving You or Johnny Cash's I Still Miss Someone. To deny our gay brothers and sisters the right to legally ritualize their love – to marry – is to deny that they too experience the complexity of human emotion that make a song like Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You the shared phenomenon that it is.”

“It's the artist's job to remind us that the heart is the place where our true holiness resides. It's why the word 'heart' is pervasive in so many great songs. Can the human heart ever truly be governed? Gay or straight, when two people are lucky enough to find each other and want to commit their lives to one another, it is nothing less than a blessing to us all.”

The marriage bill awaits a vote in the House after passage in the Senate.

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2013

Not surprised by Mary Chapin Carpenter or Emmylou Harris, they've both been known for liberal content in their music and in their public support.

by Anonymousreply 105/03/2013

And Rodney Crowell is Rosanne Cash's ex, so it's not a surprise that he's liberal (and cheated on her like nobody's business, but that's another story).

by Anonymousreply 205/03/2013

I think that Rodney Crowell wrote a song about a friend or relative who was gay and/or who died of AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 305/04/2013

Good for "Big" for supporting gay marriage. Partner John "Rich" is on record not only opposing it but pulling the classic "then we'll have to legalize incest" nonsense.

by Anonymousreply 405/04/2013

So much for all country music singers being homophobic.

Dolly has also expressed her support for gay marriage.

by Anonymousreply 505/04/2013

Many have. Garth Brooks and sugarland chick. Plus I believe Tim McGraw and wife

by Anonymousreply 605/04/2013

Rodney Crowell is one of the few in Country music that stood up for Chely Wright when she came out.

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2013
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