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Jimmy Carter: Jesus would support same-sex marriage — but not abortion

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, says he finds Christian basis for supporting civil marriage rights for same sex couples. However, the Huffington Post reports, Carter does not believe Jesus would support abortion rights for U.S. women, except in three specific circumstances.

In an interview about how faith informs his political beliefs, Carter says it is difficult for him to spiritually reconcile certain reproductive rights afforded every human woman under international law with his understanding of the Bible.

“I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance,” Carter tells HuffPo Live host Marc Lamont, “would approve abortions, unless it was because of rape, or incest, or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

Carter explains he has supported abortion rights in office because he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which Carter believes protect the right to abortion. “That’s been the only caveat” to the ex-president’s ability to stay true to his religious faith while in politics, Carter says.

The former governor of Georgia’s interpretation of Jesus-endorsed public policy issues is more in line with United Nations human rights treaties in the realm of same-sex marriage rights.

“I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage,” Carter tells a Huffington Post reporter. “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.”

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Raw Story has previously reported on the various forms of sexual morality advocated for in the Christian Bible, many of which justified the enslavement of women and the sexual exploitation of their bodies.

Watch Jimmy Carter interpret the Bible to the Huffington Post, as it relates to women’s reproductive rights and same-sex marriage in the United States:

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‘Disillusioned’ Trump megadonors have completely bailed on his 2020 campaign: report

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The billionaire Mercer family was one of President Donald Trump's biggest financial benefactors in 2016 -- but they appear to have completely withdrawn from political spending for the president's reelection bid.

Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reports that hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer are "disillusioned" and have all but disappeared from the political scene as the president is gearing up his 2020 campaign.

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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‘It can be hacked’: Election experts already see red flags in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination process

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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