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In reference to the upcoming Supreme Court cases regarding same-sex marriage, Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, said in a recent interview that he believes homosexuality is not a "super sin," but it is still "outside of God's design for human sexuality."
"You know, when we look at same-sex marriage or gay relationships, it's just one of the many things that are outside of God's design for human sexuality," Daly told host Rachel Martin of NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday."
Daly went on to say that he believes that human sexuality requires stewardship that honors both God and the Scripture, and it applies to both heterosexuals, who struggled with adultery and other sinful temptations, and homosexuals, as well.
"There is no animus toward the individual, and that's one of the – I think one of the great tragedies of our time is we've set this up as some super sin or super debate about homosexuality," Daly added.
The president and CEO of Focus on the Family went on to assert that he is not concerned that the United States' cultural momentum regarding same-sex marriage may be moving against the teachings found in Scripture. "I'm not overly concerned because I'm not going to stake my sensibility, my spiritual sensibility, in the culture. The culture has changed over the years and this is not new," Daly said.
"I think in the end, even if we go in the direction of allowing same-sex marriage, I think culture at some point will go, 'whoa, what have we done here,'" he added.
Daly went on to say that what truly concerns him is the religious liberties that will inevitably be trampled should same-sex marriage be legalized.
"There's a whole host of religious freedom issues underneath this, that in essence we won't tolerate religious expression any longer; certainly not over sexual preference. And that's a big issue and that's not being talked about in the culture," Daly said.
The Colorado-based Focus on the Family organization is joining several other groups in sponsoring a Washington, D.C.-area "March for Marriage" event Tuesday to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Proponents of same-sex marriage have claimed there is a political and cultural shift in approval for changing the definition of marriage, as recently former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have all voiced their support for same-sex marriage.
Major Republican leaders, however, continue to affirm that marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing two cases relating to same-sex marriage this week, the first challenging California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and the second questioning the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman on a federal level.