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“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.
“I’m disappointed, not entirely surprised, because he thinks with his heart,” said Hunter, who said the announcement makes it harder for him to support Obama, but he will continue to do so.
“He knew where I stood, because I’m an evangelical and I believe in what the scripture says. One of the reasons he was calling was to protect our relationship and give me a ‘heads up’ on an interview he had just done,” Hunter said. “It wasn’t something we were able to talk through, or I would have talked him out of it.”
Hunter said the president made it clear that he did not come upon the decision lightly. “He told me how much he prayed and how difficult a decision this was for him.”
Hunter said he prays regularly with the president and last February, Michelle Obama visited his church.