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Winans Take Aim at Homosexuality

October 22, 1997

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) _ If Janet Jackson can sing about sex with a woman, Angie and Debbie Winans feel they can sing about homosexuality being a sin.

On their new album ``Bold,″ the gospel duo has a song called ``Not Natural,″ which takes aim at homosexuality, premarital sex and violence.

Debbie, 26, and Angie, 29 _ the younger sisters of gospel stars BeBe and CeCe Winans _ made the song in response to the ``Ellen″ coming out episode on ABC.

``It was a holy anger that came, because if your kids only see that, they’re going to mimic that,″ Angie Winans said Tuesday.

``Janet Jackson is singing about a (sexual relationship with a) young lady on her new project (‘Free Xone’ on Jackson’s ‘The Velvet Rope’ album),″ she said. ``Why can she say that and we can’t say anything?″

Gays have criticized the song, whose album entered the Billboard gospel chart at No. 4 earlier this month.

``It is objectionable when you try to compare the gay lifestyle to violence and murder and general low morality,″ said Maria Elena-Grant of the Lavender Light Gospel Choir, a gay choir in New York City.

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