Published January 13, 2015
The evangelical pastor who President Barack Obama calls his spiritual adviser says he’s disappointed in the president’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage.
The Rev. Joel Hunter, pastor of the 15,000 member Northland church in Longwood, said Obama called him before ABC News broadcast the announcement Wednesday.
"When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," President Obama told ABC News.
Hunter says he told the president he disagreed with his interpretation of what the Bible says about marriage. Hunter says the president reassured him he would protect the religious freedom of churches who oppose gay marriage.