Former President Jimmy Carter says he believes America is ready for a gay president.

In an interview with the website, Carter equates gay rights to civil rights.

“Step by step, we have realized that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago, 40 years ago,” Carter says in the eleven-minute-twenty-one-second videotapped interview.

“So I would say the country is getting acclimated to a president who might be female, who might obviously now be black and who might be as well a gay person.”

The 86-year-old Democrat, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, also revealed that his biggest failure was not getting reelected. But when it comes to a gay president, Carter thinks America is ready.

“I think the entire population of America has come tremendous strides forward in dealing with the issue of gays. And I would say that the answer is yes. I don't know about the next election, but I think in the near future.”