Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, has described the anti-gay remarks of a former Michigan state representative as “wrong.”

Dave Agema, Michigan's national GOP committeeman, created controversy this week when he told a Republican audience that gays want free medical care because they are dying young, presumably from AIDS.

“Folks, they [gay people] want free medical because they're dying [when they're] between 30 and 44 years old. To me, it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong,” he said.

Agema, a former pilot, added that while working at American Airlines he saw gay workers falsely claim HIV-positive persons as their spouses to secure medical benefits for them.

In remarks to MIRS News, Sara Wurfel, Snyder's press secretary, condemned the comments.

“What I'd say, plainly and simply, is that the Governor believes Mr. Agema's remarks are wrong, extreme and discriminatory. … We shouldn't tolerate discrimination of any kind. There shouldn't be room for that in any political party, period,” she said.

Snyder has previously refused to comment on Agema's anti-gay rhetoric.

Agema was severely criticized in March after he promoted an article which described gays as “filthy homosexuals” in a Facebook post.

(Related: Dave Agema: Calling gays “filthy homosexuals” is “more about caring.”)