A Democratic candidate for the New York Senate has pledged to remove images of gay and lesbian couples in school textbooks.

According to the Daily News, S.J. Jung made the remarks during a speech in March. Jung was speaking to a group made up primarily of Korean churches.

Speaking in Korean, Jung pledged to support legislation sought by the religious community and asked for the group's prayers.

“I pray Jesus Christ's love to spread and his message speak through this election and your prayers of faith to make me become a warrior clad in armor,” he reportedly said.

When asked about the remarks, Jung did not deny that he had raised the issue, adding that he believes “in the Bible's teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

“As a nation, we must protect the rights and freedoms of all, regardless of their views on this matter,” Jung told the Daily News.

Jung is challenging incumbent Senator Toby Ann Stavisky in the September 13 Democratic primary. Stavisky, who defeated Jung in the 2014 Democratic primary, voted in favor of the New York bill that reformed the state's marriage laws to include gay and lesbian couples.

New York Councilman Daniel Dromm, who is openly gay, criticized the remarks.

“He is ignoring reality; same-sex couples exist,” Dromm told the paper. “Children see them. They know about them. They should be taught about them. What is he going to do, continue to deny reality? We're everywhere.”