The Dallas Morning News published an editorial this morning praising President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to have Pastor Rick Warren deliver the invocation at his inauguration. The editorial is not surprising, given that The DMN’s editorial board sits further to the right than Warren himself. But the editorial is also factually inaccurate, because it states that Warren supports civil unions. It is beyond me how The DMN could make such a blatant error. It’s just shoddy, irresponsible journalism. Here is what Warren actually said in his recent interview with BeliefNet:
BELIEFNET: One controversial moment for you in the last election was your support for proposition 8 in California. … Just to clarify, do you support civil unions or domestic partnerships?
WARREN: I don’t know if I’d use the term there but I support full equal rights for everybody in America. I don’t believe we should have unequal rights depending on particular lifestyles so I fully support equal rights.
[Clarification from Pastor Warren 12/15: I now see you asked about civil UNIONS -and I responded by talking about civil RIGHTS. Sorry. They are two different issues. No American should ever be discriminated against because of their beliefs. Period. But a civil union is not a civil right. Nowhere in the constitution can you find the “right” to claim that any loving relationship identical to marriage. It’s just not there. ]
UPDATE: For more on this subject, go here.