A Georgia pastor is defending a sign he placed in front of his church denouncing gays and lesbians.
According to a WGXA
report, Pastor Robert Lee of the Ten Commandments Church in Milledgeville, Georgia, has raised eyebrows with his opinions.
In front of his church is a sign that reads, "Homosexuality is a Death Worthy Crime."
Lee told the news station he was simply quoting a Bible verse, and that the sign doesn't bother him.
"Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime," Lee said.
Lee has made other controversial signs in recent months as the debate over gay marriage rages on.
"The institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live," Lee said.
In a separate interview with The Huffington Post
, Lee further explained his position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
"Homosexuality is a terrible thing, it's an abomination, so we are trying to inform people exactly what scripture says about it. Homosexuals are destroying this society," said Lee, adding that he does not condone violence against gays and lesbians.
"Homosexuality has to be at least as heinous as murder," Lee said. "My way of thinking comes from scripture, it does not come from any political view. I see a homosexual just like a murderer."
With same-sex marriages being practiced in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, the issue has caused a rift in the nation — although support for it
is on the rise.
Now the Supreme Court
is taking on the issue, as it heard oral arguments this week about whether or not to outlaw it nationwide.
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