Jimmy Carter backs civil gay marriages

American FlagFormer American President Jimmy Carter has given his back to Civil marriages for gay and lesbian couples.

Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, was President of the USA between 1977 and 1981 and was the last Democrat President until the election of Bill Clinton in 1993. The veteran politician has now reportedly given his backing to Civil gay marriages for gay people.

Carter has written a new book titled Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter which discusses his views on the bible and gay rights. In an interview with the Huffington Post the former President discussed the bible, gay marriages and his views on gay right. He told the Huffington Post that he backed gay rights and civil gay marriages because Jesus didn’t talk about homosexuality at all.

‘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.’ – Jimmy Carter in the Huffington Post.

Carter did state though he was not in favour of requiring churches, by law, to marry gay and lesbian couples. He told the Huffington Post if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to’

Several states in America now allow gay couples to marry with Maryland and Washington both passing gay marriage laws this year. New Jersey has also passed gay marriage laws but its Governor has stated his intention to veto the bill. Other states within America to have legalised gay marriage include New York, Iowa and New Hampshire.

There is a campaign in New Hampshire to repeal the gay marriage law there. A petition set up to keep gay marriages in the state has been signed by over 125,000 people from across America. It was set up by a Marine who wanted to be best man at his brothers wedding.

[Via Pink News] {jcomments off}