Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: ‘I Believe That Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage’
WASHINGTON — July 10, 2018
Carter added, however, that churches that disagree with same-sex marriage should not have to perform them.
“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,” Carter said.
Carter also said he has “had a problem with abortion” because he doesn’t believe Jesus would approve of most abortions.
He noted that he felt compelled to back a woman’s right to have an abortion because as president his “oath of office was to obey the Constitution and the laws of this country, as interpreted by the Supreme Court.” Still, he admitted he didn’t think Jesus would approve of the practice, except in the cases of rape, incest, and endangerment of the life of the mother.
Jimmy Carter was president from 1977-1981 after the Supreme Court had legalized abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade. He was also the first U.S. president to invite The National LGBTQ Task Force to the White House.
Carter published a book entitled Faith: A Journey For All, which prompted HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill about his stance on the issue. In the book Carter describes himself as a born again Christian.
“That’s no problem with me,” he said. “I think everyone should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.”