A prominent leader of the NAACP has called on the gay community to stop 'hijacking' the civil rights movement.

At a Tuesday rally held on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., the pastor of Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, told about 500 supporters of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state that he was insulted at the suggestion that the late Rev. Martin Luther King would support LGBT rights.

Ratliff is also the president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is listed on the group's website as a national board officer.

Julian Bond, the group's chairman, is an ardent supporter of gay rights. At a gay fundraiser in 2005, he told a Virginia crowd that “applying for a marriage license” could “change the world.” Bond publicly opposed California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Ratliff claimed that gay rights advocates had “hijacked” the civil rights debate.

“For deviant behavior is not the same thing as being denied the right to vote because of the color of one's skin,” Ratliff told the crowd. “For deviant behavior is not the same thing as being denied where one may sit on a bus.”

“What an insult to the civil rights movement.”

“While I enjoy the conversations of those who love to suggest that if the late Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King were alive he would be supportive of gay, lesbian marriage and bisexual and transgender relationships. Well, there is nothing in King's writings or speeches that suggest that.”

“Gay community stop hijacking the civil rights movement,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)