Matt Barber of the Christian conservative group Liberty Counsel on Tuesday suggested that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) protects children from contracting HIV/AIDS.

DOMA is the 1996 law that bars federal agencies and the military from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

All ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would repeal the law. Republicans on the panel unanimously supported DOMA, saying it saves the government money by denying federal benefits to married gay couples.

On his radio broadcast, Barber called the move “reprehensible,” because repeal would put children at risk.

“Children who are raised in a lesbian or gay household are 8 times more likely to engage in the homosexual lifestyle themselves,” Barber said. “And that's terrible when you consider that the CDC has found that 1 out of 5 adolescent and men engaged in the homosexual lifestyle are HIV-positive. Forty percent of them don't even know it.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)