Supporters of Pastor Charles L. Worley are speaking out in defense of his anti-gay rant.

Worley, who ministers at the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, has been criticized for telling congregants during a May 13 sermon that gay men and women should be confined behind an electrified fence and left to die.

When he added, “Somebody said, 'Who you gonna vote for?' I ain't gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover,” some in the crowd could be heard responding with “Amen.”

Church member Stacey Pritchard appeared Wednesday on cabler CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 to defend Worley's sermon.

“I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about,” Pritchard told host Anderson Cooper.

“If they can't get the message that that's wrong, then, you know, they can't reproduce and eventually they would die.”

“Right, but that wouldn't eliminate all gay people. There would be more gay people born outside the fence to straight people. Wouldn't there?” Cooper asked.

“Exactly, but we were meaning the ones in there. You see, it's all taken out of context and twisted. The main point is always the same,” she responded. “This is a pastor that speaks the word of God.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

More supporters defended Worley's comments in a separate 360 segment broadcast on Tuesday.

“Probably the most compassionate man I've ever known,” church member Joe Heffner told the news outlet. “He's just got a big heart for people.”

“Being gay and lesbian or whatever, homosexual, is wrong according to the Bible,” an unidentified man said. “We love the people, hate the sin, okay. Point blank. You need to lay off our pastor.”