North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris called on parents to force their children to conform to gender stereotypes during a sermon in support of Amendment One on Sunday, first reported.

The campaign to approve Amendment One, which would ban marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples in North Carolina, last week called on religious leaders to reach out to congregants in support of the amendment.

Harris, the senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville since 2006, insisted marriage equality is not a civil rights issue – no one was born gay, he said – before he called on parents to squash non-conforming behaviors out of their children.

“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed,” Harris said.

“Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Okay? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. And you say, 'Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'” (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this panel. Visit our video library for more videos.)