Jimmy Carter doesn’t think marriage laws should be decided at the federal level.

“I’m kind of inclined to let the states decide individually,” the former president told WFAA, an ABC affiliate, in an interview that aired Sunday.

“As you see, more and more states are deciding on gay marriage every year,” Carter said. “If Texas doesn’t want to have gay marriage, then I think that’s a right for Texas people to decide.”

He also spoke out in support for the religious liberty of church leaders who do not support same-sex marriage.

“I don’t think that the government ought ever to have the right to tell a church to marry people if the church doesn’t want to,” he said.

“I’m a Baptist, and the congregation of our church will decide … whether we’ll marry gay people or not.”

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