Carrie Underwood's recent endorsement of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in an interview with the UK's The Independent has drawn both cheers and jeers from country music fans.

In the interview, the 29-year-old Underwood, who won American Idol in 2005, made a strong statement in support of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

“As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love and want to marry,” the country music star said. “I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Underwood, a devout Christian who was raised Baptist but worships with her husband in a non-denominational church, added that her church is “gay friendly.”

Many commenters on AOL Music's The Boot cheered Underwood.

“It's good to see a Christian actually practicing the love of Christ. Thank you,” wrote Jason.

“Carrie is just one of the many people who understand that love, compassion and support is what Christ came to Earth to preach,” wrote marshlmusic. “Unless people want to start living their entire lives based on laws of the land thousands of years ago, you are going to have to accept that gay people are just like everybody else. And Christ will be accepting them into heaven. The only question is, what will you have to say to him when you get there?”

But Underwood also received many critical comments.

“I'm very disappointed in Carrie. … The Bible says what is [sic] says, and you can either follow it or not. It is explicit in the Bible that men do not lie down with men and women the same … God will judge Carrie, not me,” wrote a user named jlvowell.

“Equal rights … yea sure!!! Carrie Underwood read the bible. Honey!! The bible says Adam & Eve, Not Adam & Evan,” Carol wrote.

“If GOD says it makes Him sick … then to all Christians alike … it should make them sick to their stomachs as well,” wrote Neal.