Former President Jimmy Carter, asked what would Jesus do about gay marriage, tapped his inner Sunday school teacher and concluded that Jesus would approve.
The current Georgian, who still teaches Sunday school classes when he's home in Plains, dished with Huffington Post on Tuesday about the gays as he pitched his latest book, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.”
“I believe Jesus would. I don't have any verse in scripture,” Carter says. (Watch below) “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,” he said.
Carter has backed gay marriage for some time, even if he did say last year that it's an issue best left to the states to decide. But he also told Huffington Post that even with marriage equality now the law of the land, churches shouldn't be forced to marry same-sex couples.
“I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex. The only thing I would draw a line on, 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. Those two partners should be able to go to the local courthouse or to a different church and get married. That's no problem,” Carter said.
The comments from the former president far outshine two current presidential wannabes who were stumping in a Georgia church last weekend. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spent Sunday in Rock Springs Church in Milner agreeing with Rev. Benny Tate that gay marriage is “tragic” and “radical.”