The top Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, who had already faced criticism for his embrace of environmental activism, has resigned after signaling support for same-sex civil unions.
Richard Cizik, who had worked in NAE’s Washington office for 28 years, resigned after being harshly criticized for the civil union comments and saying he voted for President-elect Barack Obama in the Virginia primary despite Obama’s support of abortion rights.
NAE president Leith Anderson said Cizik’s comments in a December 2 interview with National Public Radio’s Fresh Air program were problematic because they did not reflect the views of many NAE member denominations and organizations.
“I think that what people did communicate . . . is that he cannot continue as a spokesperson for NAE, and the implication of that is that he resign,” Anderson said in an interview with Religion News Service.