Jimmy Carter: “I Believe Jesus Would Approve Gay Marriage”

Yesterday, former President Jimmy Carter went on HuffPost Live to talk about his new book, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” In the book, he outlines several thoughts and ideas about his faith, something he’s been vocal about through the years. In the interview, Mr. Carter and Marc Lamont Hill, the host, talk about Carter’s upbringing in the faith and the fact that he now teaches Sunday school in the small Baptist church he attends.

However, it was Mr Carter’s answer to Hill’s question about Jesus and gay marriage that made the video go viral.

Hill: Would Jesus approve gay marriage?

Carter: I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. 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.

Mr. Carter did indicate that he did not think that local churches should be forced to perform same-sex ceremonies, and instead go to a courthouse to get married.

You can watch the two-minute interview below.

Mr. Carter is another in a long line of politicians and Christians to publically affirm same-sex marriage. However, church and religious non-profit leaders like Russell Moore, Jim Daly, and Franklin Graham have addressed how they think the Supreme Court ruling will impact religious liberties for Christians.

To learn more about how pastors and church leaders are addressing these issues in the culture, check out the list of articles below.

N.T. Wright on Gay Marriage

Why Gay Marriage is Good and Bad for the Church

Russell Moore: Pastors, Remind Your People This is No Time for Panic or Fear

10 Well-Known Pastors and Leaders Respond to the Question: “Is Homosexuality a Sin?”

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Carrie Kintz is a freelance writer and communication strategist. She works with ministries and individuals across the country, helping them figure out what to say and how to say it in the digital space. Carrie has also spoken at conferences such as the Best of Social Media Summit and That Church Conference. When she's not writing (or tweeting), she enjoys hiking, time with friends and a good cup of coffee