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CNN's Don Lemon on Vatican refusing to bless same-sex unions: 'God is not about hindering people'

CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonOfficer who responded to Capitol mob urges leaders to recognize 'courage' of law enforcement CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime CNN's Don Lemon blows up over Santorum remarks MORE on Monday said the Vatican needs to "reexamine themselves and their teachings" after it declared that the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions because God "cannot bless sin."

"I respect people’s right to believe in whatever they want to believe in their God," Lemon said in an interview on "The View."

"But if you believe in something that hurts another person or that does not give someone the same rights or freedoms, not necessarily under the Constitution, because this is under God, I think that that’s wrong," he said. 

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Lemon, who got engaged to his boyfriend, Tim Malone, in spring 2019, was pressed by co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainCheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney Meghan McCain promises 'consequences' if Republicans oust Cheney MORE for his thoughts on the declaration from the Vatican’s orthodoxy office.

Lemon also said he thinks the Roman Catholic Church and “and many other churches” need “to reexamine themselves and their teachings because that is not what God is about.”

“God is not about hindering people or even judging people,” he said. “And to put it in the context of race, I find that, you know, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said the most segregated place on Earth, time on Earth, was 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning.”

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The news anchor went on to say that he thinks “religion and the pew” can act as “barriers from people actually getting to know each other.”

“So, I would say to the pope and the Vatican and all Christians or Catholics or whomever, whatever religion you believe ... go out and meet people and try to understand people and do what the Bible and what Jesus actually said, if you believe in Jesus, and that is to love your fellow man and judge not lest ye be not judged,” he said. 

The Vatican’s orthodoxy office released a two-page answer to questions about whether it could bless same-sex unions. Pope FrancisPope FrancisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Pope Francis denounces 'aggressive' nationalism Pope names new bishop for Biden's Delaware diocese MORE approved the “negative” answer affirming it could not. 

Such an acknowledgement, the Roman Catholic Church stated, could be seen as equating same-sex unions to those between a woman and man, which would be “erroneous and misleading.”