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Rick Warren: I'm Not A Homophobe (VIDEO)

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Rick Warren joined HuffPost Live Wednesday to mark the republication of his bestselling book, 'The Purpose Driven Life,' and spoke about his views on homosexuality.

"If you disagree with somebody today you're often called a hater," Warren told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill. "I don't really hate anybody. Or you're called 'phobic.' I'm not afraid of anybody. I have many, many gay friends."

That said, Warren added that he might not agree with certain actions, and said that there is a moral difference between love and sex.

"It's not a sin to love somebody," he said. "It might be a sin to have sex with them."

Warren also said that he regretted coming out in support of Proposition 8, the 2008 California voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He said he made a video for his church members, who had been asking for his stance, which was then taken as a public campaign in support of the measure.

"I would not have made that statement [again]," Warren said when asked whether he would take it back if he could. "I wanted to talk to my own people as a duty, as a shepherd. I'm responsible for those who put themselves under my care. I'm not responsible for everybody else."

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