Darren Hayes, best known for fronting Savage Garden in the 90s, has described comments by the Australian Salvation Army condemning homosexuality as “harmful to equality.”

The 40-year-old openly gay Hayes launched a solo career in 2002 with his first studio album Spin. He's also lending his talents to the Australian version of the reality talent contest The Voice, joining Delta Goodrem's team as a mentor.

In an online statement, the Salvation Army stated that homosexuality was an “unacceptable urge” and that it was opposed to the legalization of gay nuptials.

“Important for gay people to know the true position of the Salvation Army when considering who to donate to. Sad,” Hayes tweeted on June 14 to his more than 60,000 followers.

“Homosexual practice … is … clearly unacceptable,” the organization's statement reads in part. “Such activity is chosen behavior and is thus a matter of the will. It is therefore able to be directed or restrained in the same way heterosexual urges are controlled. Homosexual practice would render any person ineligible for full membership (soldiership) in the Army.”

Major Bruce Harmer, a spokesman for the South Australian branch of the Salvation Army, said his group believed that the statement “needs to be adjusted.”

“Those comments are made on an international statement, and some years ago,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Harmer insisted that the Salvation Army was “very much in support of helping [the] gay and lesbian community as much as we can,” but added that it remains opposed to marriage equality.