An Irish Catholic bishop opposed to allowing gays to marry said Monday that God asks gays to “reserve sexual relationships to marriage.”

Irish voters will take up the issue of same-sex marriage on May 22.

Elphin Bishop Kevin Doran argued that voters should reject the question because gay couples do not procreate.

“What the church asks of people who are homosexual by orientation is exactly the same as what the church asks of people who are heterosexual, that they reserve sexual relationships to marriage,” Doran said during a radio interview. “Now, it's a completely different question to say that we believe marriage is between a man and a woman.”

When Doran was asked if being gay was “as God intended,” he compared it to a disability.

“That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down's syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended,” Doran answered. “The thing about it is, I can't see it in the mind of God.”

When the host pointed out that “sexual orientation is not a disability,” Doran replied: “Well, I'm not entering into that.”

“I'm just saying it would be wrong to suggest that everything that happens, happens because God intended it. If that were the case, we'd be talking about a very different kind of God,” he said.