Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president

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Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.

Asked whether he thought the country was ready for a gay person to serve as president he replied: “I think the entire population of America has come tremendous strides forward in dealing with the issue of gays. And I would say that the answer is yes.”

He added: “I don’t know about the next election, but I think in the near future. Because step-by-step we have realised that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago… or 40 years ago.

“So I would say that the country is getting acclimated to a president who might be female, who might obviously, now be black and who might be as well, a gay person. Yes, I would say the answer is, yes.”

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