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Kristin Chenoweth Talks Marriage Equality, Anti-Gay Christians

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Beloved long-time LGBT ally Kristin Chenowethdoes not let her Christianity get in the way of her unwavering support for marriage equality.

In an interview with Gay Star News, the Tony and Emmy award-winning star, who's currently on tour in the U.K., said: "...I just want it [gay marriage] to hurry up and not be an issue anymore! I’m very proud of the work that has been done so far, I want us to hurry it up a bit more. I think it’s important to say this because a lot of people think if you’re religious or you have any sort of faith, you’re automatically against equality in marriage."

Chenoweth, who was honored with GLAAD's Vanguard Award in 2011 and was raised in the southern Baptist church, , went on to call marriage equality the "biggest equal rights issue" in the U.S. and that Christians who oppose same-sex marriage are "very anti-Christian."

"It is the antithesis of what I believe. It is the antithesis of what you should believe if you believe in Jesus. It’s not what he taught, it’s the opposite of what he taught," Chenoweth said. "If Jesus was to walk the Earth today, or Buddha or anybody, they would be horrified. Those people saying they’re doing it in the name of God? No no no no no."

Last month, Chenoweth took to Twitter and proclaimed on Valentine's Day that her Valentine's wish was that all the gays could get married. In 2011, the Broadway star told The Advocate she credits her grandmother for instilling her with some of her pro-gay beliefs.

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