Carrie Underwood has released a new track from the upcoming album Cry Pretty and it’s been hailed as an anthem for the LGBT+ community.
The song is titled “Love Wins,” the slogan that was strongly associated with the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalising same-sex marriage in the US and that it has since been used to celebrate LGBT+ couples everywhere.
Shortly after the ruling, the lead singer of the band Keane, Tom Chaplin, released a song by that title to celebrate same-sex marriage. Underwood’s song, which dropped on Friday two weeks ahead of the full album release, does not explicitly address LGBT+ people, broadly calling for universal love.
The opening lyrics refer to gun violence and the “politics and prejudice” that have divided people. But the singer’s LGBT+ fans have nonetheless thanked the singer for giving them an anthem of hope.
“I can’t thank you enough Carrie Underwood for making this song. As a lesbian from Oklahoma where a lot of people in the south are against the LGBT+ community, this means so much to me,” a fan called Becca tweeted at the singer.
“I cannot begin to tell you what
#LoveWins means to me personally… I remember when that hashtag first came to be after the Win for Marriage Equality a few years ago. Thank you. From all your LGBT Care Bears,” another Twitter user called Tanner wrote.
Some fans conceded the song may not be meant as a LGBT+ anthem—but to them, it was.
“I don’t know if this is the LGBT song that I interpret it to be, if it is. Thank you. If not, it is a beautiful song regardless,” Jon Dexter wrote on Twitter.
“I know everyone interprets Lyrics/song meaning differently but I know exactly what this one means to me!
#LoveWins #LoveisLove” Cathy wrote.
Others expressed their gratefulness in more visual ways. “Thank you for this song!
#LoveWins” Krystle tweeted, followed by hearts emoji in the colours of the rainbow flag.
“Carrie Underwood just released the perfect song for American hope and the LGBTQ community. THIS is what the world needed right now,” fan Chris Hazen wrote, summing it all up.
Underwood, who is a Christian and is married to a man, has previously expressed support for same-sex marriage. This caused some Christian extremists to call for the singer to be banned from performing at Christian events for “openly embracing homosexual marriage and the homosexual lifestyle.”
Underwood said the song is meant to be about embracing people who think differently from ourselves.
“I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that. Because we’re different, that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different,” she said, quoted in Taste of Country. “We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that.”