Jimmy Carter says Jesus would approve of gay marriage

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Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage


Faith is important to former President Jimmy Carter, and he writes about it extensively in his new memoir A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. But his religious beliefs don't keep him from supporting every American's right to marry the person they love.

HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill asked Carter on Tuesday whether he believes Jesus would approve of gay marriage, and Carter said he does.

"I believe Jesus would. I don't have any verse in scripture. ... 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.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Jimmy Carter here.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, blows out candles on a birthday cake as wife Rosalynn looks on during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter addresses Carter Center employees and volunteers during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves after blowing out candles on a birthday cake as wife Rosalynn looks on during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, holds the hand of wife Rosalynn as she wipes her eye while they are serenaded with the song "Imagine" by John Lennon during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter stands to applause from the crowd during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, center, walks through the crowd as he takes his seat for his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, is applauded by wife Rosalynn after giving a speech during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Errol, 4, runs past a birthday cake presented to him during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, arrives with wife Rosalynn for a 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, and wife Rosalynn applaud as a birthday cake is wheeled out for his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn stand for the national anthem before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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