Amy Grant, the Queen of Christian pop who crossed over to the mainstream with several hit songs, recently announced she is hosting the same-sex marriage of her niece.
The Grammy winner, 2022 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, and the first Christian artist to have an album go platinum described her progressive views to The Washington Post: "Jesus, you just narrowed it down to two things: love God and love each other. I mean, hey, that's pretty simple." Grant also detailed her reaction when her niece first came out: What a gift to our whole family to just widen the experience of our whole family.
Grant, in 2013, told Pride Source, "I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming [to LGBTQ+ people], but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it's really about one relationship. The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. And everybody is welcome. Everybody."
And in 2021, Grant was more outspoken, saying in an interview on Proud Radio, "Who loves us more than the one who made us? ... None of us are a surprise to God. Nothing about who we are or what we've done. That's why, to me, it's so important to set a welcome table. Because I was invited to a table where someone said, 'Don't be afraid, you're loved.' ... Gay. Straight. It does not matter."
Grant told The Washington Post that the wedding, which will be hosted at the farm she shares with husband Vince Gill, will be the family's first "bride and bride" nuptials.
The 2022 Kennedy Center Honors, where Grant will be celebrated alongside Gladys Knight, U2, and George Clooney, air Wednesday on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern.