“Jesus would approve of gay marriage” he believes said former U.S. President and born-again Christian Jimmy Carter on Sunday.
Appearing on HuffPost Live Carter commented on gay marriage arguing that he believes “Jesus would encourage any love affair as if it was honest and sincere.” Carter added that he doesn’t see that gay may marriage damages anyone else:
“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”
Though Carter has come out in support of gay marriage, he believes that churches who disagree with same-sex marriage shouldn’t have to perform such ceremonies. Carter further added that he believes everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex:
“I think that everybody should have a right to get married, regardless of their sex.”
Additionally, Carter later in the interview also expressed his displeasure for abortion saying that he has had a problem with abortion:
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“I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger.”