Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on HuffPost Live on July 7 where host Marc Lamont Hill asked Carter, an evangelical Christian, if Jesus would accept same-sex couples getting married.
"I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief," Carter said, reports Mediaite. "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."
The 39th president appeared on the program to promote his new memoir “A Full Life: Reflection at Ninety” which discusses his Southern religious upbringing, his first attempt to run for political office that was unsuccessful, his time as governor of Georgia and later as president, reports Christian Science Monitor.
Since his defeat by former President Ronald Reagan in 1980, Carter has been viewed as one of the more unpopular and unsuccessful presidents in history. The Iran hostage crisis, the energy crisis and the removal of the Panama Canal from U.S. control contributed to his ultimate downfall.
He was also in a public feud for several years with former Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts. Health care legislation that was being worked on in 1979 was ultimately destroyed due to the bitter primary battle between the two Democrats during the 1980 presidential election. Carter covers this in his memoir.
“A serious political mistake was not being more attentive to the Democratic Party, both in preparing it for the 1980 election and in avoiding the schism between my supporters and those of Senator Ted Kennedy. I should have made a better effort to maintain the cooperation that he and I enjoyed during my early months in the White House,” Carter wrote.
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