Amidst intense nationwide debate stemming from a pair of Supreme Court arguments relating to Proposition 8 and DOMA, on Thursday Piers Morgan welcomed Franklin Graham for a live, face to face interview.
One of the nation's foremost Evangelical Christians, the 60-year-old missionary is a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage and domestic unions, and used tonight's platform to further explain his position:
"It's what God says, Piers. God is the one who defined marriage, not government, but it's God. And it's between one man and one woman," said the son of legendary minister Billy Graham. "So, to come and try to redefine what God has ordained, and what God has blessed, and what God has given, would be a great mistake for our government and a great mistake for this nation."
Sharing historical examples of government stepping in to right various injustices, and to promote equality within the country – including permitting inter-racial marriages – the "Piers Morgan Live" host asked his guest if same-sex marriage might not be the next adjustment that the nation need make.
"Marriage is defined between a man and a woman. And, of course, during the race issues, it was 'could a black man and a white woman, or vice-versa, could they get married?' And that was the debate that we had and they decided, yes. But, still, that is a marriage between a man and a woman. Not two men, and not two women," reiterated Graham. "I believe there's what, 190 nations, and I think there's 11 that have approved, in just the last – what is it – 10, 12 years – gay marriage. This would be a big mistake if our nation went down this road."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan and Graham continue to wrestle with the definition of marriage, and the role government should have in changing law in regards to such a matter.
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