RELIGION
04/17/2014 09:17 am ET | Updated Apr 17, 2014

World Vision's Flip-Flop Begs Question: Can You Be Evangelical And Support Same-Sex Marriage?

Two weeks ago, Christian non-profit organization World Vision announced it would recognize employees' same-sex marriages, then promptly reversed its decision just 48 hours later.

The flip-flop has sparked debate about a fundamental question: can you be an Evangelical and support gay marriage?

Jonathan Merrit, author of "Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined" and an evangelical himself, said that you most certainly can -- you just may be considered more progressive.

"If you support same-sex marriage, statistically you’re certainly in the minority among American evangelicals at least. But the answer is: of course you can be an evangelical and support same-sex marriage," Merrit explained to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. “There is no definition, no functioning, working, agreed-upon definition of what an evangelical is, which is sort of the $60,000 question these days in religious circles."

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about the battle between religion and same-sex marriage below:

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