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Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard & More Speak Against Anti-LGBTQ Legislation at Grammys

Brandi Carlile
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Brandi Carlile attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

In the state of Tennessee, governor Bill Lee recently signed into law HB 836, a bill providing protections for child welfare organizations who to turn away LGBTQ parents looking to adopt children. The Human Rights Campaign denounced the decision, saying that the new legislation "will harm children in Tennessee."

So, GLAAD took to the red carpet of Sunday night's Grammy Awards (Jan. 26) to ask some of the stars what they would say to those who are interested in limiting the rights of LGBTQ people around the country. 

Brandi Carlile, who took home a Grammy for best country song for her writing on Tanya Tucker's "Bring My Flowers Now", spoke as a queer woman and a parent when she denounced the new bill. "We just want the right to be a family, to be happy, to bless children that don't already have homes," she said, with Tucker chiming in to say she agreed. "As a woman of faith myself, I cannot see Jesus wanting to disallow any family from an adoption, so I can't stand by it."

The star added that she would not be boycotting the state of Tennesssee, since she feels a responsibility to be there for the community. But, she sent a call out to straight allies, asking them to step up. "I strongly suggest that people who aren't queer maybe could ... to create an issue, economically."

Brittany Howard, who was nominated twice at the event for her album History Repeats, had a blunt message for anyone who would stand in the way of LGBTQ rights: "I guess we have nothing to talk about. You either get out of the way, or we walk over you."

Billy Ray Cyrus, who scored his first two Grammy wins last night for best pop duo performance and best music video for Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," made it clear that queer rights are human rights. "A human being is a human being, and you treat everybody right," he said. "All people are created equal in his eyes, so that's just the way it is." 

Check out the full clip from GLAAD, featuring more responses from stars like Little Big Town, Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies and more below:

2020 Grammy Awards