The lawmaker who authored the St. Petersburg, Russia law banning gay propaganda to minors believes being gay can be “cured” through fasting and prayer.

RT reported that during a popular radio talk show, deputy Vladimir Milonov of the St. Petersburg city legislature described being gay as an illness that is easily treatable.

“God can send many temptations upon us,” Milonov said. “But the thing is, this illness is easily treated by fasting and praying. I do not know of a single case within the Russian Orthodox Church that a man would not be cured by his sincere repentance in this sin. People get rid of it, just like they get rid of kleptomania or, for instance, fornicators.”

Milonov's law, approved earlier this year, criminalizes “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.”

Last month, he accused Madonna of violating the law for urging concertgoers to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community.” He said children as young as 12 were present at the concert and that Madonna needed to be “brought to justice.”