CNN asks him if he will champion the "civil rights" cause of gay marriage. NewsBusters has the story and transcript. Clearly the folks at CNN have one track minds:
CNN Starting Point host Soledad O'Brien interviewed Fred Luter Jr., who will be installed as president Wednesday evening. The interview on the main was fine, but towards the end, contributor Margaret Hoover pressed Luter as to whether he would champion as a "civil rights" cause, "inclusiveness of gay Americans," referring it seems to same-sex marriage. Luter answered in the negative, citing the Bible's teachings on the definition of marriage. It's then that O'Brien retorted that his stance put him in opposition to President Obama, as if to suggest that were a scandalous position for him to be in:
LUTER: ...We're going to embrace them [gays] as far as who they are, but we are also going to stand on biblical principles that the Word of God has already established, that marriage is between one man and one woman.
O’BRIEN: Which puts you directly, sir, in opposition to President Obama.
LUTER: 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.
After thanking Luter for coming on the program, liberal contributor Richard Socarides snarked that Luter was "inclusive up to a point."
"Clearly, he is making it very clear that he is inclusive up to a point," O'Brien replied, adding to Hoover, "That was an excellent question there." (read it all at NewsBusters)
More from the AP New Orleans:
A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.
Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous.
It affirms Southern Baptist belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."
It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections."