Rick Warren Backpedals on Prop 8 Support

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Well-known pastor and author Rick Warren denied this week ever endorsing California's Proposition 8 that put a halt to gay marriage last November.

On Tuesday April 7, Warren told CNN's Larry King that he "never once" gave an endorsement for the state amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one women.

"I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. Never have been, never will be," he told King.

"During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop. 8 was going," Warren continued.

Click here to read a statement from Saddleback Church in response to Warren's appearance on CNN.

Warren, who pastors Saddleback Church in California, contends that his personal support for traditional marriage was blown out of proportion.

"The week before the vote, somebody in my church said, 'Pastor Rick, what do you think about this?' And I sent a note to my own members that said, I actually believe that marriage really should be defined, that that definition should say between a man and a woman," he explained.

Before the November election, however, Warren released a video statement urging Christians to support Prop 8.

In it, he said: "Now let me say this really clearly: we support Proposition 8 -- and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8. I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear." Watch the entire video here.

In the King interview, Warren claimed he sent written apologies to all his "gay friends (and) leaders" for comments he made on homosexuality that may have been misrepresented--- including a comment that seemed to equate gay marriage with pedophilia and incest.

"Which I absolutely do not believe," Warren confirmed.

The megachurch pastor said he's not happy with recent decisions in Vermont and other states to legalize gay marriage. But he admitted he's more concerned with issues like genocide and the struggles Americans are facing spiritually as they deal with a recession.

In response to the CNN interview, Saddleback spokeswoman Kristin Cole told CBN News that Warren firmly believes in the biblical view of marriage but does not see his role as a campaign activist.

"When Dr. Warren told Larry King that he never campaigned for California's Proposition 8, he was referring to not participating in the official two-year organized advocacy effort specific to the ballot initiative in that state, based on his focus and leadership on other compassion issues," Cole said.

This was Warren's first TV interview since President Obama's inauguration in January. Warren delivered the opening prayer at the event, despite receiving much criticism over his personal position on moral issues.

When asked how he felt about the controversy surrounding his acceptance of the invitation as a pro-life pastor, he said people made him to be someone he was not.

Sources: CNN, One News Now

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