An article on USAToday.com summarizes well:
In interviews with Christianity Today and Advocate.com, Knapp, 33, a Dove Award-winning folk rock singer, acknowledges that the rumors are true: she's in a same-sex relationship.
"I don't want to come off as somebody who's shirking the truth in my life," she tells Christianity Today.
Knapp says in the interview that she's "absolutely" felt pressure to choose between her faith and her gay feelings.
Everyone around me made it absolutely clear that this is not an option for me, to invest in this other person, and for me to choose to do so would be a denial of my faith.
Scripture, she adds, has been her salvation.
The Bible has literally saved my life. I find myself between a rock and a hard place -- between the conservative evangelical who uses what most people refer to as the 'clobber verses' to refer to this loving relationship as an abomination, while they're eating shellfish and wearing clothes of five different fabrics, and various other Scriptures we could argue about.I'm not capable of getting into the theological argument as to whether or not we should or shouldn't allow homosexuals within our church. There's a spirit that overrides that for me, and (that is) what I've been gravitating to in Christ and why I became a Christian in the first place.
In the Advocate interview, Knapp says she knows her coming out is "going to be shocking and feel like a betrayal to some people" who have been fans. Still, "I'm quite comfortable to live with parts of myself that don't make sense to you."
In 2008, another prominent Christian recording artist, Ray Bolz, came out.
I think it's really important that we (the Church) pay attention when these events take place. Not because the cult of celebrity - Christian celebrity - needs more fuel. But because these occurrences are opportunities for every conservative evangelical faith community to say, "hey, there's a serious, professing Christian who thinks differently about this issue..."
I don't expect theological attitudes to change overnight, but little by little, hearts can soften. When that happens, people become open to relationships. Relationships change everything!