Nonagenarian and former President Jimmy Carter weighed in on the divide between gay marriage advocates and conservative Christians in a recent HuffPost Live interview.
After informing host Marc Lamont Hill that he has not encountered any “serious conflicts” between his political and Christian beliefs, Carter noted that he has no problem with the issue of gay marriage and suspects Jesus Christ would agree with him.
“I think everybody should have a right to be married,” he said, “regardless of their sex.”
He went on to note that he would “draw a line” at the government being able to force a church to perform gay marriages against its leadership’s will.
“But those two partners should be able to go to the courthouse or to another church and get married,” he asserted. “That’s no problem.”
He went on to assert his belief that “Jesus would” support gay marriage, though he offered a very telling caveat.
“I don’t have any verse in Scripture,” he said, admitting he could not back up his stance.
Nevertheless, he doubled down.
“I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage,” he repeated, “but I’m not, that’s just my own personal belief.”
He also squared his particular brand of faith with his position on the similarly divisive issue of abortion.
“I have a hard time believing Jesus, for instance, would approve of abortion,” he said, though he thinks Christ would carve out an exception if a pregnancy “was because of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life was in danger.”
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