Former president Jimmy Carter was interviewed by the Huffington Post and he had a surprising answer when asked about gay marriage.
Carter spoke about his faith and what role it played while he was president. According to Carter, he never had “any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.”
Then he was asked about gay marriage. “(Gay marriage is) no problem with me,” replied the former president. “I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.”
Carter was then asked if Jesus would approve of homosexuality. “I don’t have any verse in Scripture. I believe that 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,” he continued.
“The only thing I would draw a line on is I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to. But those two partners should be able to go to a local courthouse or to a different church and get married,” he concluded.
Carter did go on to say that while Jesus might be in favor of gay marriage, he would be against most abortions.
“I have had a problem with abortion. This has been a long-time problem of mine,” he said. “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.”
Watch his interview in the video below.