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OC Pastor Has Gay Friends, Eats Gay Food, Opposes Gay Marriage

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Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who was recently chosen to lead the invocation at Barack Obama's Presidential inauguration, spoke publicly yesterday at the 8th Annual Convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach, about his stance on homosexuality and California's Prop 8.

According to the Huffington Post, Warren "said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves 'gays and straights.'"

But does he love them equally?

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While he is more than happy to rub elbows with openly gay rocker Melissa Etheridge ("he is a huge fan who has all her albums") and recently gave an interview in which he claims he has "many gay friends [and he has] eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than [his] Saddleback Church," Warren has been very outspoken about his support of Prop 8. In the same interview where he breaks bread with his gay buddies, he also "compared the 'redefinition of marriage' to include gay marriage to legitimizing incest, child abuse, and polygamy."