Osteen says he doesn't support same-sex marriage

HOUSTON (CNN) - Televangelist Joel Osteen believes marriage is between a man and a woman, period.

Appearing on CNN's "The Lead," the conservative mega church leader says he doesn't support same-sex marriage.

However, that doesn't mean he wouldn't allow gay couples to worship in his Houston church.

"I think that we have to be, you know, compassionate about it all. We're not against everybody and there are certainly people that love each other and I believe that they should have those rights. You know when I come back to the Scripture, as much as I'm for everybody, I don't see same sex in the Scripture," said Osteen.

He has previously said he believes homosexuality is a sin, but he says he avoids focusing much attention on political issues, such as sexuality, in his sermons.


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