During an appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live, Pastor Rick Warren told the show’s host, “I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay-marriage activist. Never have been, never will be.”
The influential leader of California’s Saddleback Church stirred controversy in November when LGBT advocates expressed outrage over President Obama’s selection of Warren, who publicly supported Proposition 8, to give the invocation at the Inauguration. Of the ballot measure, Warren told King, “I never campaigned for it…never participated in a single event, never endorsed it.” However, a video Warren sent to his congregates encouraging them to vote ‘Yes’ on Proposition 8 has circulated on YouTube.
In the message, Warren says, “Let me say this really clearly—we support Proposition 8. About two percent of Americans are homosexual…we should not let two percent of the population determine the definition of marriage that has been supported by every single culture and every single religion for 5,000 years. This is not even just a Christian issue, it’s a humanitarian and human issue.”
In an earlier interview with Beliefnet, Warren claimed to support domestic partner benefits and hospital visitation rights, but went on to compare gay marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy.