Chely Wright, “We proposed to each other. Designed our rings together, too! I’m beyond lucky to get to share my life with Lauren.”

The pair will wed on August 20th 2011 in Connecticut. 

…The country singer came out exactly a year ago in People Magazine. “I don’t have a memory in my life that doesn’t include the dream of making music, [but] … there had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality … I hid everything for my music.”

GLAAD Calls on Nashville Music Industry to Protest Discriminatory Bills
Over the weekend, Bruce Springsteen made a powerful statement against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (known as the "bathroom bill") by cancelling his Greensboro show.

“This morning in Nashville Chris Carmack and songwriter/producer Desmond Child joined GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project to speak out against two other similarly discriminatory measures. 

 If signed into law, Tennessee House Bill 1840 would allow the state’s mental health professionals to refuse treatment to LGBT patients, and the Tennessee Senate Education Committee’s HB 2414 would require local transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their designated sex at birth, not how they chose to identify. Miley Cyrus, Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright and Ty Herndon, along with Viacom and CMT, have already spoken out against the bills, and now GLAAD is urging the rest of Nashville and the country music industry to follow suit.

“I personally am terrified that these proposals even exist in our state,” said Carmack, who plays an openly gay country singer on ABC’s Nashville and released his Pieces of You EP last year. “This kind of unnecessary discrimination has no place in this city or the state of Tennessee. If these bills get passed, it would have a devastating impact on the lives of so many people… and this represents an enormous step backwards in the progress that has been made towards civil liberties for every citizen.”

“The two bills on the table are morally and spiritually corrupt to the core,” said Songwriter Hall of Fame member Child, who lives in Nashville with his husband and two children. He urged the country music community to speak out actively against these bills. “If passed, they will disgrace our community and make us laughing stocks of the world… so why now? Because it’s payback for the Supreme Court passing marriage equality and making it the law of the land.”

Ellis and other LBGT leaders will spend this week in Nashville meeting with executives and imploring them to join the fight against these bills, and Carmack urged his fellow celebrities and music industry figureheads to actively speak out (though he would not comment as to whether or not he anticipated that Nashville would withdraw from filming locally should HB 1840 and HB 2414 be actualized).

“I know from the work I do playing an out gay country star on television that words matter,” Cormack said. “Images matter, and not just the ones we hear on our screens or hear on our radios. So it’s important for those who can make a difference to stand up and let their words be heard, let their actions be seen.”

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