Evangelical VP Resigns Over Gay Marriage Remarks

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals has resigned amid controversy over
remarks he made about gay marriage and civil unions.

In a Dec. 2 interview on National Public Radio, Rev. Richard Cizik was asked whether his past opposition to gay marriage had changed. Cizik responded, "I'm shifting, I have to admit."

He added that while he didn't "officially support redefining marriage," he did believe in civil unions.

NAE President Leith Anderson says that interview damaged Cizik's credibility as a spokesman for evangelicals, and the two of them agreed that he should resign.

Cizik, the NAE's vice president for governmental affairs, represented the group in Washington for 28 years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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