Rick Warren: Not Anti-gay to Oppose Gay Marriage

Pastor Rick Warren is speaking out on the controversy over his choice by President-elect Barack Obama to pray at his inauguration despite Warren

Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren delivers a speech during the 8th Annual Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach, California on Saturday Dec. 20, 2008. Under fire for opposing gay marriage, influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves "gays and straights." (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) - Pastor Rick Warren is speaking out on the controversy over his choice by President-elect Barack Obama to
pray at his inauguration despite Warren's support of a ban on gay
marriages.

The California pastor says he doesn't equate gay relationships with incest or pedophilia, but opposes redefining marriage just as any conservative Christian would.

In a video posted by his Saddleback Community Church, Warren says disagreeing with gay-rights activists on same-sex marriage does not qualify as hate speech and doesn't mean he's anti-gay.

Warren backed Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in his home state of California.

Warren says Obama chose him to give the invocation at the swearing-in to show that people with different views don't have to demonize each other.

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


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