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Former President Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage’

Former President Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage’

Former U.S. President Carter said on Sunday he believes “Jesus would approve of gay marriage.”

“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, who describes himself as a born-again Christian, told HuffPost Live.

Carter added, however, that churches that disagree with same-sex marriage should not have to perform them.

Carter who was president from 1977-1981, after the Supreme Court had legalized abortion in the landmark case Roe v. Wade said he has “had a problem with abortion” because he doesn’t believe Jesus would approve of most abortions.

“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. So I’ve had that struggle,” Carter said. “I’ve had that struggle, but my oath of office was to obey the Constitution and the laws of this country as interpreted as the Supreme Court, so I went along with that.”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: Jesus Christ Never Discriminated Against Anyone Gay – Video‏

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, addressed a standing room only crowd at Grand Rapids Community College drew cheers from the crowd this past  week when asked about LGBT rights and equality the 89 year old Carter replied “I never knew of any word or action of Jesus Christ that discriminated against anyone.”.

In 2012, Carter said he supported marriage equality for same-sex couples: “I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”

Former President and Devout Baptist Jimmy Carter Stands Up For The LGBT Community and Same Sex Marriage

“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies. I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.” – Former President of the United States and devout Baptist Jimmy Carter.