Pastor Rick Warren cancelled an appearance on ABC's This Week, just days after making contradictory statements regarding his stance on California's Proposition 8 to end gay marriage.
Warren cited sickness and exhaustion for not appearing on the show Easter Sunday. Host George Stephanopoulos told viewers that the California pastor backed out of the interview "moments before" he was scheduled to air.
Stephanopoulos was expected to ask about Warren's April 7 appearance on CNN, where he retracted an apparent endorsement of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that ended gay marriage in California last November.
"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 told CNN's Larry King.
Before the November vote, however, Warren released a video urging Christians to support Prop 8. He contends that the video was not an endorsement.
Warren's Saddleback Church released a statement to CBN News, Friday, saying that the video was not meant for the public.
"Because he's a pastor, not an activist, in response to inquiries from church members, he issued an email and video message to his congregation days before the election confirming where he and Saddleback Church stood on this issue," spokeswoman Kristin Cole said in the statement.
Sources: CBN News, Politico