Pastor Rick Warren, President-elect Obama’s choice to deliver the inaugurual invocation, has espoused far-right views on gay rights, including likening same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest. Today, MSNBC previewed a segment from Dateline NBC’s interview with Warren, airing tomorrow, in which he laughs off accusations of being “homophobic” because he “talks to” gay people and served protesters water:
Q: Your position has raised the specter that you are homophobic.
WARREN: Hahahah! […]
Q: Are you homophobic?
WARREN: Of course not. I have always treated them with respect. When they come and wanna talk to me, I talk to ‘em. When the protesters came, we served them water and donuts.
Warren also stuck up for his belief that gays should not be allowed to marry, saying, “For 5,000 years, every single culture and every single religion has defined marriage as a man and a woman.”