Jimmy Carter opened his mouth and some words fell out. Nothing unusual about that – he is a politician. We haven’t had a politician who understands reticence since Coolidge*. To give Jimbo credit, he summarizes the sentimental case for same-sex marriages beautifully:
“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said
Ouch. Talk about a rich target environment. First, and first of all, as David Ould so capably explains, there’s Just One Question to ask: have you read Matthew 19:4? After that, about the only thing to say is that from this argument you can talk yourself in just about anything at all. The standard, “not damaging to anyone else” is, shall we say, flexible.
* If you haven’t, read Amity Schlaes biography, Coolidge. It’s a glimpse into a vanished world.