Chelsea Clinton Grills Rick Warren On Marriage Equality

Clinton, an NBC News correspondent and supporter of LGBT equality, sat down with the pastor to challenge his position as a loving Christian who condemns same-sex marriage.

During an segment for Rock Center, Clinton grills Warren on his stance on marriage equality and homosexuality and how that conflicts with his Christianity. He explains how he doesn’t have to approve homosexuality:

“I don’t hate anybody. In fact, I’m commanded by Jesus Christ to love everybody. I’m commanded to treat them with respect. As I’ve mentioned many times, there’s a difference between acceptance and approval.”

Midway through the interview, Warren suggests that Clinton’s (and other journalists’) questions are part of a “hidden agenda.” Clinton responds to the charge:

“It’s not a hidden agenda. But in a year in which we had equal marriage in different ways on the ballot, and now after those votes, there’s equal marriage rights in nine out of our 50 states, and a majority of Americans now said in 2012 that we as a country support equal marriage largely, I think that’s why people keep asking you.”

Warren becomes visibly agitated by Clinton’s persistence to get the pastor to address the questions:

“Well, what do they expect a Christian pastor to answer? I don’t believe the bible anymore? … We’re in a democracy, Chelsea. So nobody wins all the time. And gay marriage might become the rule someday. That doesn’t mean I think it’s right. I do not favor the redefinition of marriage.”

Watch the full interview below.

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