Pastor Shirley Caesar Defends Kim Burrell Against Comments Made About Homosexuality

After much criticism about her comments regarding homosexuality, even from her gospel music counterparts, singer Kim Burrell can receive some comfort in knowing she has support from the "First Lady of Gospel Music," Pastor Shirley Caesar.  Speaking at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland, the legendary, award winning Caesar said that Burrell should have made the comments four years ago when President Barack Obama came out in support of same sex marriage. Caesar also offers advice to pastors about today's age of viral videotaping. Watch video below.

Over the last week following the posting of her sermon in which she called out homosexuality as a sin, Burrell has faced overwhelming rebuke from entertainers like Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan and Ellen Degeneres, who cancelled Burrells's scheduled appearance on her daytime talk show. Even gospel superstar, Yolanda Adams took time to respond to comments Burrell made about Bishop Eddie Long and alleged homosexual associations.

In addition to being cancelled from a performance with Williams on the "Ellen Degeneres Show," Burrell's radio show "Bridging the Gap" which premiered June 2016 on the Texas Southern University radio station, KTSU was also dropped.

Although Burrell's appearance on  Degeneres' show was cancelled, Williams did appear and said that Burrell is "a fantastic singer. I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that – we all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy."

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