2008: Nationally Acclaimed Pastor Rick Warren Announces Support for Proposition 8 / Protectmarriage.com

We thank Pastor Rick Warren, whom I have met several times, for his principled support for Proposition 8, and his near-perfect understanding of the issues involved.

Our gay and lesbian friends somehow think that Barack Obama is in support of gay marriage, and are hoping that he will campaign for it to help their cause He is not. I was in attendance at the dialog of Senators Obama and McCain with Pastor Rick Warren. When asked that question:
Senator McCain clearly specified that he considers gay marriage to be an issue best handled by the states, and that he is against a federal marriage amendment. In situations like California’s, he wants it to be settled by the people rather than the state courts, so he is specifically in favor of Proposition 8.

Senator Obama was also very clear in his position. He said that he is in favor of gays and lesbians having every right provided by the government, but that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Pastor Warren also explained to the people and the press in the Worship Center that the only difference in positions on the social issues between James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” and himself is the tone of voice in which they talk about them, and the fact the Pastor Warren never endorses political candidates.

Pastor Warren’s daughter has been diagnosed with cancer in her brain. I will be fasting and praying for her successful medical treatment in the next few days, and urge other conservative Christians and Latter-day Saints to join me in this.
See the original of this post on the Protectmarriage.com website at this link.
Link to the longer video about his beliefs on the issue on the Saddleback Family website at this link.

Love & thanks,
Steve St.Clair
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Nationally Acclaimed Pastor Rick Warren Announces Support for Proposition 8
October 24, 2008
Contact: Meg Waters, 949-461-9700
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Rick Warren, nationally acclaimed pastor and author of the New York Times bestselling “The Purpose Driven Life,” announced today his support in favor of Proposition 8, California’s Protect Marriage Act.
Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, affirmed his support of the proposition, which would restore the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, in his News and Views email which is distributed to church members.
“For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion – not just Christianity – has defined marriage as a contract between men and women,” Warren wrote. “There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2% of our population.”
A link to a video on the Saddleback Church was included, where Warren further discussed his support of Proposition 8. (http://saddlebackfamily.com/blogs/newsandviews/index.html?contentid=1502)
In August, Warren hosted presidential candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama in a civil forum at Saddleback Church. During the two-hour event, Warren asked both senators for their definition of marriage and both agreed it was the traditional, historic and universal definition—one man and one woman for life.
“The courts threw out the will of the people,” Warren said in his online video, in reference to the State Supreme Court’s decision in May to overturn Proposition 22, approved by 61 percent of voters in 2000 to declare marriage between a man and a woman. “I never support a candidate but on moral issues I come out very clear.”
Warren is considered one of the most respected and influential pastors in America and his support of Proposition 8 is unequivocal. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and 15 World Leaders Who Matter Most and was called one of America’s Top 25 Leaders by U.S. News and World Report.
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