Liberty Counsel has released a message in which it says gay men and lesbians deserve respect but their actions are damaging society.

Liberty Counsel is the Christian conservative law group representing the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in its legal attempt to block the start of California's ban on “ex-gay” therapy to minors.

(Related: Federal judge refuses request to postpone start of California's “ex-gay” ban.)

The message, posted on the group's Facebook page, comes on the heels of a CNN appearance by its chairman, Mathew Staver, in which he claimed that neither Liberty Counsel nor NARTH stigmatize gay people.

“We believe that those involved in homosexuality are created in the image of God and, because of that, deserve respect,” the group said. “However, their actions are damaging both to themselves and to society as a whole. Just like smoking or drug addiction, this behavior should not be encouraged or promoted by our government.”

“We believe that those involved in homosexuality are complete personalities who should not be confined to a label because of a sexual act. To do so is as superficial as labeling an adulteress wife or husband because of a sexual act. These actions are seeking the same love, validation, and acceptance that all of us seek, yet an answer will not be found in repeated unhealthy interactions or societal and governmental improvement of these actions. We believe this deep hunger can and will only be satisfied in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”