Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out against Clint McCance's anti-gay rant, saying he's hiding behind his religion.

McCance is the 30-something Midland School District board member who announced on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday that he's agreed to resign after coming under severe criticism for posting anti-gay comment on his Facebook profile.

The comments included mocking Spirit Day, the day set aside to remember gay teens bullied to death, cheering the suicides, saying he “enjoys the fact that [gay people] they often give each other aids and die,” and declaring that he would disown his children if they were gay.

The openly lesbian DeGeneres told Cooper that straight people needed to speak up against McCance.

“When the civil rights movement happened, it took not just the community of blacks to make a change, but white people needed to step in and say this is unacceptable.”

“And, I think, as a gay person, I would like to personally ask every heterosexual person out there who is appalled by this to – we need your help now.”

DeGeneres added that she believes McCance is hiding behind his religion, which he used to justify his viewpoints in his Facebook postings.

“It gives religion a bad name,” she said. “I don't know what kind of religion he follows, but that is not [being] a good Christian.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Later on the program, Cooper interviewed McCance. He said he was sorry for making “those ignorant comments,” adding that he would resign from his post as school board vice president.