Britney: No fan of gay marriage, fan of anti-gay preacher

Well, she did admit to being a fan of this guy.

POP princess Britney Spears is hiding a secret that could trigger a backlash among her gay fans!

The ENQUIRER has discovered the 31-year-old singer opposes gay marriage, and sources say her management team is desperate to keep her views on the hot-button topic under wraps despite a recent slip-up.

“Britney has worked with and danced with a lot of gays over the years,” a close source told The ENQUIRER. “She’s never been homophobic, but she doesn’t support gay marriage because the Bible is against it.”

THE “TOXIC” SINGER LEAKED her potentially career-threatening opinion during a Twitter interview promoting her upcoming album, “Britney Jean.”

When asked about her favorite author, Britney named Max Lucado, a controversial San Antonio, Texas-based preacher who wrote in a 2004 article that homosexuality could lead to “legalized incest.”

Now Britney’s handlers are worried that her off-the-cuff comment will set off a bomb in the gay community. “When Britney spouted off about Lucado being her favorite author, I doubt that she even knew he’d written about his opposition to gay marriage,” noted the source. “She justshot off her mouth. Now she’s stunned that her remarks have everyone so worried. Her handlers have always promoted her to the gay audience, and they’re scrambling to do damage control.”

The source cites Britney’s upbringing in the Baptist church as the reason for her opposition to gay marriage. “Britney grew up singing in the church and attends the local Baptist church when she’s home in Louisiana,” explained the source. “She says the Bible bans gay marriage, and she still follows that teaching.”

Despite that, Britney recently told a San Francisco radio station that she has many close friends and colleagues who are gay. “A lot of my hairstylists and my beauty team that I work with are gay, so I hang out with gays a lot,” she said. But Britney’s savvy enough to realize that gays are important to her success and has been told in no uncertain terms that discussing her opposition to gay marriage could shortcircuit her career, said the source. “Her handlers know what’s good for business,” added the source. “And Britney will never talk about her disapproval of gay marriage in public.”

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