Jose Maria de la Torre Martin, the bishop of the Diocese of Aguascalientes, Mexico, found himself in hot water after criticizing a proposed state law that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

If approved by lawmakers, Aguascalientes – the state – would become only the second Mexican state behind Coahuila to recognize such unions. Gay couples can also marry in the federal district of Mexico City, where lawmakers approved a marriage law in 2009. Such unions have also taken place in Quintana Roo, where the state's civil code is gender neutral.

(Related: Thousands protest start of gay marriage law in Saltillo, Mexico.)

At a press conference earlier this month, De la Torre described gays as “inverted.”

“That's the problem: Inverted values,” he said. “There is a perverse philosophy out to destroy and rebuild, but in reverse.”

The Catholic bishop claimed this week that allowing gay couples to marry will lead to “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies,” according to local sources.