Pastor Ken Hutcherson of the Antioch Bible Church says the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, is like a cobra that kills.

DOMA is like “the pet cobra who has had seven owners and every owner he has bitten and they have died,” Hutcherson says in a YouTube video uploaded this week.

“And all of the sudden this cobra shows up at your house and it's asking you to be its new owner, and it says, 'You can trust me. I will never bite you. I am committed to you.' But the only thing you got going for you is the history of that cobra. And since it has bitten and killed everyone that has been its previous owner what do you think it's going to do to you if it gets the chance to be your pet?”

“And that's what DOMA and the defense of DOMA is all about,” he adds.

Hutcherson says he objects to the repeal of DOMA because it would trample religious liberties.

Repealing DOMA would “Enable gays to officially marry. It opens the doors to more definitions of marriage. It outlaws the church from speaking openly against gay marriage, thus, number one, removing religious liberties. That’s right. Never being able to say no to gay ceremonies, business deals, etc. Already happening in states that recognize same-sex marriages. Pastors can be jailed. As your pastor, as one that’s talking with you, I will be jailed because I'm going to stand on the biblical right of what God says a marriage is, between one man and one woman. You’re going to lose your parental rights in public schools. You’re not going to be able to opt out if DOMA is repealed.”

“Complete breakdown of the family as we know it today,” Hutcherson warns. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)