Pastor Charles Worley's May 13 anti-gay sermon was protested on Sunday by more than 2,000 people, the Hickory Daily Record reported.

Worley, who ministers at the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, told congregants that gay men and women should be confined behind an electrified fence and allowed to die off.

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.”

Holding signs which read “Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine” and “I am a gay, moral conservative Christian” the protesters lined Southwest Boulevard in nearby Newton.

A small but vocal group of more than 50 counter-protesters holding signs which read “Gay pride is why Sodom got fried” and “Sodomites are vile, unnatural and worthy of death. Romans 1:21-32” stood in to support Worley and his church.

Laura Tipton, a member of the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, the group behind the protest, said she hoped Worley's congregation “sees that we are gathering in love. Their messages are wrong, and we will not accept them.”

Jeremiah Davidson of Atlanta, a Worley supporter, said: “We're trying to stand up against censorship and totalitarianism. I'm here for free speech and the gospel of Christ – I'll know I've been successful because I've done the will of God.”

(Related: Charles Worley greeted with standing ovation.)