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June 20th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Rev. Luter: I disagree with Pres. Obama on same sex marriage

Reverend Fred Luter, Jr., the first African American president of Southern Baptist Convention, talks about the momentous election and gives his opinion on gay rights, same sex marriage on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien.

When asked if his agenda will include inclusiveness of gay Americans, Rev. Luter says, “No, I’m a man of the book. I believe in the word of God. I believe in the bible. God has specifically spoken about marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s biblical. No president whether it’s a president in the White House, no governor, no mayor, no one can change that. God has already established marriage between a one man and one woman. So I would stand for that because that’s what the word of God says and that’s what I believe in.”

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks if this view puts him in opposition to President Obama, Luter answers, “On this particular subject, yes. I support my president. He is my president. I pray for him and Michelle and his daughters on a daily basis. But on this issue, the President and I have two different opinions, for sure.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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