Vince Gill confronts Westboro Baptist protesters in Kansas City

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Vince Gill arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Trey Barrineau, USA TODAY

USA TODAY - Vince Gill didn't mince words when he encountered protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church prior to his concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday -- and the moment was captured in a YouTube video.

The country star was targeted by the fringe church, which has gained infamy for its strident anti-gay views and protests at the funerals of soldiers, because he has divorced and remarried. The church considers those who do that to be adulterers.

Gill split with Sweethearts of the Rodeo singer Janis Oliver in 1998, and he's been married to singer/songwriter Amy Grant for the past 13 years, according to CMT.

As the video begins, Gill is seen approaching the picketers. A woman asks: "Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here?" His answer: "I just came to see what hate looked like."

At the end of the video, Gill asks, "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?" That's in reference to Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps, whose family makes up the bulk of the congregation of the Topeka-based church.

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