Pastor says Obama didn't consult him about gay-marriage decision

"We had not talked about this specific subject. I'm a pastor in his life. So, I don't really talk to him about politics or policy. I just talk about his personal life and his understanding of the scripture, but he knew where I was on this," said Hunter on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" Wednesday. 

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After making his historic announcement in support of same-sex marriage last Wednesday, Obama reached out to African-American ministers, as well as the spiritual leaders that he regularly relies on for guidance, including Hunter, reported The New York Times. 

"I told him in the call, I can't find this in scripture. I don't see this. And, of course, his basis for decision wasn't just scripture. It was anecdotal," Hunter recalled to the Times

The president spoke about his own relationship with faith and recognized Hunter's influence at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.

"From time to time, friends of mine, some of who are here today, friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes, will come by the Oval Office or they’ll call on the phone or they’ll send me an email, and we’ll pray together, and they’ll pray for me and my family, and for our country," said Obama at the breakfast.

Hunter, who is the senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, a congregation of 15,000 in Florida, weighed in on whether Obama's announcement was a politically expedient position to take.

"When you're in that office, it's always political. But that doesn't mean it's devoid from a sense of personal responsibility and personal morality the way you take it. And so I think he's a very serious man. He wants to do the right thing. But for him, that doesn't come straight just from scripture," he said.

Obama faced pressure to publicly define his previously stated "evolving" view after Vice President Biden said he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents in a CBS/New York Times poll released Monday said Obama's announcement was politically motivated, while 24 percent believed he came forward because he felt it was the right thing to do.

When pressed on whether he would preach against Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, Hunter emphasized his apolitical stance, but said he would continue to preach that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"I simply stay away from politics when it comes to preaching, because the word of God is too important on its own to communicate," he said.