Ron Paul's Iowa campaign director Michael Heath serves as board chairman of the anti-gay group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), reported.

The Illinois-based group was founded by anti-gay rights activist Peter LaBarbera and has been designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2009, Heath was pushed out of the Christian conservative group Maine Family Policy Council, which he headed for 15 years, over his aggressive anti-gay sentiments as the group pushed for a “people's veto” on a gay marriage law approved by Maine lawmakers. (Ultimately, the law was repealed. Gay marriage activists are considering a return to the ballot box in 2012.)

In a September 25, 2008 blog post titled The Nation Will Right Itself If It Fixes Sex at his now closed personal website (, Heath wrote that the financial crisis is a symptom of America's sinful sexual culture, including the acceptance of gay unions. In accepting his resignation, the board of the Maine Family Policy Council said Heath had become a “lightning rod.”

Heath told Yahoo! News last month that he's heading church outreach for the Paul campaign in Iowa.

“That's the biggest part of what I'm doing as state director,” Heath said. “Going to churches with a message in support of Dr. Paul's campaign's that is very much faith-based and is also rooted in his commitment to a constitutionally defined limited federal government.”

In an interview with the Des Moines Register's editorial board, Paul said he believes the government should “butt out” of the marriage business. A former Paul staffer this week alleged that Paul is “uncomfortable around homosexuals,” a claim the Paul campaign has denied.