By RACHEL HARRISAssociated PressCLEVELAND (AP) – A leading Christian conservative in Texas and one of the country’s most influential religious leaders turned to Twitter for help last year when he was forced out of his post at the statehouse over his opposition to same-sex marriage.
The Texas Republican, pastor and author of the influential book “God and Politics,” died Saturday at the age of 73.
He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in November and the condition had caused him to lose his voice and walk with a limp.
He founded the Texas Freedom Network in the 1960s, but he was pushed out in 2011 after he made controversial comments about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.
He became a prominent figure in the movement to end same-day voter registration.
A year ago, he said his faith meant he could not support same-gender marriage and would not attend same-person civil unions.
He said he did not want to be seen as being in the camp of those who would not be in the church.
“I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.
I have no objection to people marrying each other.
But I do not believe marriage must be between a man and a woman,” he wrote in an e-mail.”
It is not a religious issue, it is a matter of common sense.
The issue of same- sex marriage is a personal issue, a personal matter that can be decided on a personal basis,” he added.