Reverend Richard Cizik, the vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, resigned from his position Thursday following remarks he made on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program with Terry Gross.
In the remarks, Cizik said he supported civil unions and that his position was shifting on same-sex marriage.
“I’m shifting, I have to admit. In other words, I would willingly say that I believe in civil unions. I don’t officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don’t think. We have this tension going on in the movement between what is church-building and what is nation-building, and I lean in this spectrum at times maybe we should concentrate on building our values in our own movement. We have become so absorbed in the question of gay rights and the rest that we fail to understand the challenges and theats to marriage itself — heterosexual marriage. Maybe we need to re-evaluate this, look at it a bit differently. I’m always looking for ways to reframe issues, give the biblical point of view a diffferent slant, if you will. And look at, we have to.”