Adam Hamilton
Adam Hamilton (Lovers Lane United Methodist Church/YouTube)

A United Methodist Church pastor has caused controversy after stating that Christians can support the marital union of homosexuals without betraying the word of God.

Pastor Adam Hamilton took particular issue with those who accuse gay-affirming Christians of abandoning the "historic essentials of the Christian faith."

"So orthodoxy now means that I hold a particular view of same-gender marriage and/or a particular view of Scripture that gets me to a particular view of same-gender marriage," the pastor said last week in his address at a conference organized by the group "Uniting Methodists" in Dallas.

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