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Jimmy Carter says States Should Decide on Same-Sex Marriage

Former US President, Jimmy Carter, has said in an interview that legalising same-sex marriage should be decided by individual states rather than mandated by the federal government.

 

"I'm a Baptist, and the congregation of our church will decide whether we have a man or a woman as pastor, and whether we'll marry gay people or not. As you see, more and more states are deciding on gay marriage every year. If Texas doesn’t want to have gay marriage, then I think that’s a right for Texas people to decide… I’m kind of inclined to let the states decide individually.”

Carter, 90, a former Democratic President, has previously expressed support for gay marriage to be legalised nationwide.

In 2012 he said: “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”.

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