Pastor Rick Warren doubts he will ever support marriage equality.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church, located in southern California, was a guest on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live and when asked about marriage rights for gay couples, Warren continues to be skeptical.
‘I’m more against the redefinition of the term marriage than anything else,’ the pastor said to Morgan on 6 December.
‘Marriage means one man, one woman, and a commitment. Don’t take the term and make it something different,’ Warren added.
When Morgan asked if the pastor thought he would ever change his mind, Warren was close to certain it would not happen.
‘I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society,’ Warren said.
Last year, when on Morgan’s show, the pastor compared gay sexuality to arsenic.
‘I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling,’ Warren said to the CNN host in 2012 November. ‘Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.’
Warren was a very vocal supporter of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Below is a clip from Piers Morgan Live: