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Former President Jimmy Carter Supports Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Former President Jimmy Carter supports marriage equality and says Jesus never preached that LGBT people should be condemned. He made the remarks in an interview with the Huffington Post as he discussed his new book, “NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter.”

In the interview, Carter said:

“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.”

Last year, Former President Bill Clinton helped push for marriage equality in New York. In a statement secured by HRC, he called marriage equality in the Empire State one of the ways we could strengthen our nation. And HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign campaign continues to feature a diverse array of prominent Americans speaking out in support of marriage equality.  

President Carter’s views echo those of a large majority of Americans – recent polling shows that well over 50 percent of Americans support marriage equality.

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