I'm Anti-Gay Marriage, Not Anti-Gay: Warren

Controversial pastor aims to dampen criticism, civilize discourse
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2008 9:34 AM CST

Rick Warren continues to refine his stance on gays and gay marriage, saying he is “not opposed to gays having their partnership,” and that his anti-gay marriage stance doesn’t make him anti-gay, the AP reports. “I’m opposed to gays using the term marriage for their relationship,” the pastor, whose inauguration invitation raised hackles in the gay community, tells his church in a new video.

Warren also clarified recent comments that some thought equated gay relationships with incest and pedophilia. “I have in no way ever taught that homosexuality is the same thing as a forced relationship between an adult and a child, or between siblings,” Warren said, noting that he was using those instances as examples of other relationships Christians would not call marriage. (Read more Rick Warren stories.)

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