Kristin Chenoweth, accomplished actress, singer and self-identifying Christian, has said that being gay is not a sin and that she thinks being gay is the same as her being short — it’s just the way people are born.
These†comments were made as part of an interview with gay glossy The Advocate in which Chenoweth, perhaps best known for her role as Glinda in the Tony award-winning musical adaptation of†Wicked, talks about her part in†upcoming ABC drama†Good Christian Belles and the release of her fourth studio album Some Lessons Learned.
In the interview Chenoweth says that just because she is a Christian it doesn’t mean she blindly follows what others say her religion asks of her, and that instead she relies on the old†adage†of “What would Jesus do?”, affirming she doesn’t believe Jesus would walk around saying “You’re going to hell” and “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” but would instead be accepting and loving of people.
Chenoweth, herself a straight woman, also elaborates on her belief about people being born gay, saying, “What would I do if it was a sin to be short? Thatís the way God made me, so what could I do? Letís 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, Iím 4’11″ and thatís the way I was put together. And thatís what I believe about homosexuals.”
When asked how she feels about being criticized for this belief by other Christians, Chenoweth says that she respects they have a right to their opinions but asks they respect her right to an opinion too.
When asked if she thinks Christians get a “bad rap,” Chenoweth says yes, but suggests some groups calling themselves Christian might in fact bring it on themselves. She adds:
“… But I also think there are a lot of Christians who believe like me. My family is very much like me. But I did grow up in the Bible belt — and you know what comes with that. My Grandma Chenoweth told me something when I was growing up. My [gay] best friend — I’ve talked about him many times, his name’s Denny. I asked my 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.’”
And I think she was on to something. ďI take the meat that serves me well, but I donít choke on the bone.Ē I read my Bible and I pray and all of that ó I really do. But at the same time, I donít think being gay is a sin. Period.
Chenoweth famously rallied against a Newsweek article in which a writer suggested that gay people could not play straight roles convincingly.