Jimmy Carter: Gays ‘just as good as we are’

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Georgia grandfather and former President Jimmy Carter told college students on Monday that Jesus never “discriminated against anyone” and that depriving gays equal rights violates “the basic principles of the Constitution.”

The comments from Carter came during an hour-long appearance at Grand Rapids Community College Michigan. When he was asked about LGBT equality, Carter didn't hold back.

“I never knew of any word or action of Jesus Christ that discriminated against anyone because of who they were,” he said to applause.

But hold on, the former president was just getting warmed up.

“And the sexual orientation of a person is just like the color of their skin or whether they are poor or evil, or poor or rich, or whether they live in a foreign country or our country. So I think discrimination against anyone that deprives them of actual equal rights in the United States is a violation of the basic principles of the Constitution that all of us revere in this country,” he adds. “So no discrimination against anyone is the best. Treat everyone equal in the eyes of God and everybody equally in the eyes of our Constitution and also equal in the eyes of the laws that our Congressmen pass. So we ought to have that attitude to other people. In the eyes of God they are just as good as we are.”

Carter's comments expand on gay affirming ones he's delivered in the past, including backing same-sex marriage as he pitched his then-new book in 2012. That's what eating at gay-owned restaurants will do to a Baptist from South Georgia.

But the elder Carter's statements go further publicly than those of his grandson, state Sen. Jason Carter. The Democrat running for governor hit a few road bumps this summer when he collected nearly $90,000 from an LGBT fundraiser but failed to discuss LGBT issues. After a round of critical media coverage and growing concern from gay supporters, Carter quietly came out publicly for gay marriage – two years after his grandfather.

[New Civil Rights Movement]

 

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