Sean Harris, the North Carolina pastor who created controversy when called on parents to discipline children to conform to gender stereotypes, believes being gay is a choice.

Harris' Sunday sermon in support of Amendment One, which would ban marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples in North Carolina, was part of a campaign encouraging religious leaders to reach out to congregants in support of the amendment.

After insisting that marriage equality is not a civil rights issue – no one was born gay, he said – Harris called on parents to squash non-conforming behaviors out of their children.

“Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see that son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch. OK?”

On Friday, Harris dialed in to Toronto-based KiSS 92.5's Roz and Mocha in the Morning radio show to offer an halfhearted apology.

“If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt,” Harris said. “Those weren't planned words, but what I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. I'm not going to compromise on that.”

“You chose to be gay,” Harris added, “like you choose to be selfish or to commit an adulterous relationship.” (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)