During Wednesday's episode of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson urged Maryland lawmakers not to extend marriage to 'sodomites.'

The 80-year-old televangelist made his remarks before airing a video report on the subject of gay marriage in Maryland.

“There was a time in America where sodomy was a crime, where people were condemned if they were sodomites. Now the battle is to not only legitimize it but to afford marriage rights to those who are practicing sodomy.”

“It's amazing,” Robertson added. “They call gays – or whatever the term is these days – but the battle is now being waged in Maryland.” (View a clip of the segment at Equality Matters' website.)

Robertson has a long history of anti-gay rhetoric.

In November of 2009 as Maine prepared to vote on a gay marriage law, Robertson said, “You mark my words, this is just the beginning in a long downward slide in relation to all things we consider to be abhorrent,” and then suggested that polygamy, bestiality, child molestation and pedophilia would soon follow.

Weeks earlier, before Congress approved a hate crimes bill that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons against violent bias-related crimes, Robertson suggested the bill would protect someone who “likes to have sex with ducks” or “little boys.”

“You got somebody, he's really weird, and his sexual orientation is that he likes to have sex with ducks. Is he protected under hate crime? Is he protected if he likes to have sex with little boys?” Robertson asked.