Amy Grant Puts Family First, Talks about Hosting Niece's Same-Sex Wedding

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday January 17, 2023

Amy Grant
Amy Grant  (Source:AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The "Queen of Christian Pop," Amy Grant, opened up about giving her niece a venue for her same-sex wedding and about not going down the "rabbit holes" of venomous anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment on social media.

Talking about the latter, Grant, 62, kept the message on love and family, telling People Magazine, "I love my family, I love those brides.

"They're wonderful," Grant added, going on to say, "our family is better, and you should be able to be who you are with your family, and be loved by them."

In keeping with Grant's views about the importance of family, the scene of the happy occasion is something of a traditional spot for marriages in Grant's family, People noted.

"I own a farm that I bought back in the '90s and they were just looking for a beautiful place to get married," Grant explained to the magazine. "So, she and Sam got married on the same hillside where Vince and I got married."

Grant has already addressed the issue of same-sex love and commitment, which not all Christian faith traditions support. But Grant took it back to the source in comments she made to The Washington Post back in 2022, after her niece came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, People recalled.

"Honestly, from a faith perspective, I do always say, 'Jesus, you just narrowed it down to two things: Love God and love each other,'" Grant ruminated at the time.

"I mean, hey — that's pretty simple."

Also simple — to Grant, at least — was the idea of gratitude as she continues recovering from a bicycle accident last summer, which left her with a head injury.

"The biggest thing was in the two months after the wreck, it was really depressing," Grant recounted. "Everything canceled, and I just said, 'What if I'm never all the way back?'"

The recording star told People that she's "glad for every day," even as she deals with some lingering issues.

Grant's own spouse, Tim Gill, offered her the sort of support and kindness anyone, straight or LGBTQ+, would be happy to have.

Grant recalled that her husband said, "Things happen to people every day, and you just have to take one day at a time, and we're here, and I love you."

"And that just kind of made every day of the journey okay. And I do feel fantastic," Grant said.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.