Kristin Chenoweth has defended a gay plotline on ABC's dramedy Good Christian Belles, which made its premiere on Sunday.

In the show, Chenoweth, who last year starred opposite Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, plays Darlene, the ringleader of a group of uppity wives who confront Amanda (played by Leslie Louise Bibb, Iron Man 2), a mother of two who after the death of her billionaire husband returns to her Christian conservative Dallas neighborhood.

One of the well-heeled gossipy wives, Cricket (Miriam Shor), is married to Blake (Mark Deklin), whose sexuality is an open secret among the women.

As soon as ABC announced that it had picked up the show, originally titled Good Christian Bitches after the book on which it is based on, conservative groups began criticizing the series as an attack on Christianity.

“The Bible tells us that we're not supposed to judge, and people shouldn't judge before seeing the show,” Chenoweth, a gay rights ally, told “I'm a Christian, I think that's pretty well known, and I would never do anything that I think crossed the line.”

On the gay storyline, Chenoweth suggested that gay men married to women are more common than generally believed.

“I'd say go to church and take a look around the room and see if you see any women who might be married to a man who might be gay,” Chenoweth said. “I'd say be very careful of judging someone who's in marriage who is gay because they don't want to be told they're going to hell. I think that happens and I think it's horrible.”