Joel Osteen of the Houston megachurch Lakewood has said that he doesn't see “same-sex in the scripture.”

The 50-year-old Osteen, who is currently pitching his new book I Declare, made his comments during an appearance on CNN's The Lead.

“Where do you draw the line?” host Jake Tapper asked. “Do you think that it's important for those individuals who are in same-sex relationships to at least have the same rights as more traditional couples?”

“It's a fine line,” Osteen answered. “We're for everybody, but, of course, as a Christian pastor my base is off what I believe the Scripture says. Marriage is between a male and a female. But again, we're for everybody. But that's where I draw the line.”

Tapper followed up by asking Osteen whether he believes that gay couples should have access to some basic rights.

“I think so. You know, I think we have to be compassionate about it all. We're not against everybody. And there are certainly people that love each other and I believe they should have those rights. I just … you know, when I come back to the Scripture, as much as I'm for everybody, I don't see same-sex in the Scripture.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)