The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM) has repudiated a Maryland pastor's comment that gay people are
'worthy of death.'
An October 19 panel sponsored by the
Maryland Marriage Alliance included the group's executive director,
Derek McCoy, Pastor Robert Anderson of the Colonial Baptist Church in
Randallstown, and two other opponents of Question 6, the November 6
ballot question which asks voters to uphold – or reject – a gay
marriage law approved by lawmakers.
Anderson suggested that supporters
would pay with their souls if they voted for Question 6.
“It is not fair to open up a backdoor
that will legalize prostitution. It is not fair to open up a
backdoor that will possibly legalize bestiality. It's not fair to
open up a backdoor that will possibly lead to polygamy. Once you
start messing with what God has established for us, we're opening up
a door to redefining incest. Where do you stop?”
“The Scriptures in Leviticus 18:22 –
you know what that says: that a man is not to lay down with another
man; if they do that, it's an abomination. But there is one verse I
really wanted to drive home and then I'll stop, but that's in Romans
Chapter 1. And it's the very last verse – as you know, Paul
addresses this. Listen to the last verse: 'Knowing the righteous
judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of
death. Not only do the same' – but watch this – 'for those who
also approve of those who practice these things.'”
“If we don't vote against it, then we
are approving these things that are worthy of death!” Anderson
“They will be on the wrong side of
eternity,” he later added.
In a statement released last week, NOM,
which is heavily involved in the campaign to repeal the marriage law,
said that it had “never tolerated any statement that the bible
justifies any act of violence” against gay people.
“[J]ust to be clear, the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM) does not and has never tolerated any
statement that the bible justifies any act of violence, intimidation
or even incivility toward gay and lesbian individuals. NOM
repudiates any statement that gays and lesbian should be subjected to
any act or statement that violates their inherent human dignity as
people created in the image of God,” the statement reads in part.
undercover report by Equality Matters found similar language
being used at NOM's annual It Takes A Family (ITAF) conference.
“At NOM's annual It Takes A Family
(ITAF) conference, regular speaker Robert Gagnon distributed packets
of bible verses on homosexuality to attendees, including the
Leviticus verse which calls for gay people to 'certainly be put to
death,'” the site reported.
Copies of Gagnon's book The Bible
and Homosexual Practice, in
which he makes similar claims, were also sold at the
“NOM is quick to publicly express its
disapproval for violent anti-gay rhetoric, but the group seems
comfortable peddling the same talking points behind closed doors,”
Equality Matters' Carlos
Maza wrote in a blog post.