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WATCH: Jimmy Carter Knows 'Jesus Would Approve' of Marriage Equality

WATCH: Jimmy Carter Knows 'Jesus Would Approve' of Marriage Equality


The 'born-again' former president sides with the Supreme Court in not requiring churches to perform same sex marriages.

Former President Jimmy Carter believes Jesus would approve of marriage equality, he said in a recent interview.

"I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else," Carter said in a HuffPost Live interview about his Christian faith with Marc Lamont Hill, published Tuesday. "And I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else," he said.

"I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage. That's just my own personal opinion."

Carter said while he supports same-sex weddings, he agreed with the Supreme Court's ruling that churches that disagree with the practice will not be required to perform them.

"But those two partners should be able to go to the local courthouse or a different church and get married," the former president said.

Carter, who identifies as a "born-again Christian" was on the Huffington Post program to discuss his new memoir A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.

Watch the full interview below.

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