Former President Jimmy Carter has said the states, not the federal government, should decide whether to allow gay couples to marry.

“I'm kind of inclined to let the states decide individually,” Carter said during a wide-ranging interview with ABC affiliate WFAA's Inside Texas Politics to be broadcast Sunday morning.

“As you see, more and more states are deciding on gay marriage every year. If Texas doesn't want to have gay marriage, then I think that's a right for Texas people to decided,” said Carter, 90.

“I don't think that the government ought to ever have the right to tell a church to marry people if the church doesn't want to,” he added. “I'm a Baptist, and the congregation of our church will decide whether we have a man or a woman as pastor, and whether we'll marry gay people or not.”

A federal judge in February struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, saying it was unconstitutional. An appeals court is expected to review the ruling early next year.

Carter first endorsed marriage equality in 2012. In an interview with The Huffington Post, he said, “I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”

Carter has previously said America is ready for a president who is openly gay.