Robert Broadus, the head of the newly-formed group Protect Marriage Maryland, warned Maryland lawmakers that legalizing gay marriage could pave the way for android nuptials.

Broadus was among the hundreds who signed up to speak Tuesday at a Senate committee's public hearing on Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola's gay marriage bill. The hearing lasted nearly 7 hours.

Broadus began his remarks by saying the bill was “poison” and no amount of tweaking would make it acceptable.

He added that marriage was based on the idea that “individuals of the same species can reproduce.”

“This is why … people don't marry with non-humans,” he said. “But also if you pass this bill you will set the groundwork that one day when artificial intelligence is that advanced, we will be considering whether or not people can marry their androids.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Broadus' group has been linked to the extreme anti-gay group MassResistance!

Earlier, Broadus argued that he's OK with gay people so long as they remain powerless.

“I've known plenty of gay people. I've hung out with gay people. I've been hit on by gay people,” Broadus said in a YouTube clip uploaded before the hearing. “I don't turn around and punch them. In school, if I saw the gay kid getting picked on, I stood up for the gay kid and tried to stop it.”

“The problem,” he explained, “is that they have gained so much power at this point in time.”

After the hearing, Democratic Senator James Brochin announced he was reconsidering his opposition to the gay marriage bill.