As gay groups denounce Boyd K. Packer's anti-gay message, the LDS leader is receiving messages of support from thousands of Facebook users.

The Facebook event titled WE LOVE YOU – President Boyd K. Packer by the group LDS Young Men & Women urges followers to support the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (the Mormons) Quorum of Twelve Apostles as he draws heat from local and national gay rights groups.

“My only desire in creating this event is to tell President Packer that we love him,” the campaign's author wrote.

“So for those who do, let's send him 100,000 letters by this Friday, October 15th, to simply tell him how much we love him and sustain him as a prophet, seer and revelator.”

Speaking at the church's 180th General Conference in downtown Salt Lake City, Packer railed against marriage – “To legalize that which is basically wrong or evil will not prevent the pain and penalties that will follow as surely as night follows day.” – and rejected the notion that same-sex attraction – which he called “impure and unnatural” – is inborn. “Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?” he rhetorically asked.

Packer's speech, given on Oct. 3, sparked a 4,500-strong protest by local gay rights activists, who called the apostle's words painful.

On Tuesday, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, delivered a petition letter carrying 150,000 signatures denouncing Packer's message.

Solmonese called Packer's statements “inaccurate” and “dangerous.”

“We're here today to tell Elder Packer and those in the Mormon Church hierarchy who agree with him that his statements are both factually and scientifically wrong and that more importantly, they are dangerous and are putting millions of lives in great danger,” Solmonese said at a press conference outside Mormon Church headquarters.

As of Wednesday night, nearly 30,000 people had responded to the Facebook event.