The Rev. Richard Cizik, the former Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, spoke out on a Dec. 2 National Public Radio show to support civil unions for gay couples:

“I’m shifting, I have to admit. In other words, I would willingly say I believe in civil unions. I don’t officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don’t think.”

Richard Cizik

Richard Cizik

For his controversial stands — including those on preserving the environment and supporting Democratic President-elect Barack Obama — Cizik (was probably forced to) resigned from his position with the NAE.

But as a colleague said, this proves we can’t always paint with a broad brush. Not all Evangelicals belong to the Radical Right, and not all those in the Radical Right are Evangelicals.

Frankly, I’m shocked someone at the NAE actually spoke out on our behalf. Cizik deserves congratulations, for taking a stand so contrary to the beliefs of his colleagues and for risking his job.