A top evangelical leader has resigned his post following an uproar over a recent interview when he said he supports civil unions for gays.
The National Association of Evangelicals says the Rev. Richard Cizik (SIGH-zik) quit Thursday as the group's representative in Washington.
The announcement follows Cizik's Dec. 2 interview on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program. Cizik said on the show that he backs same-sex civil unions and made other comments that the evangelical group says don't reflect their values.
Cizik had already made enemies of some evangelical leaders because of his high-profile fight against global warming.
The National Association of Evangelicals is an umbrella group for thousands of churches.