Harold Camping, who has predicted May 21 as Judgment Day or the Rapture, says increased acceptance of gay rights, in particular marriage, is a sign of end times.

The 89-year-old president of the California-based Family Radio, a network of Christian stations that has grown from a single FM radio station in San Francisco in 1958 to more than 150 across America today, previously incorrectly predicted the return of Jesus Christ in 1994.

According to Camping, gay marriage was planned by God as a sign of the end of the world.

“God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world,” Camping recently told San Francisco alternative SF Weekly.

Camping has also authored an op-ed on the subject, titled Gay Pride: Planned by God as a Sign of the End.

“No sign is as dramatic and clear as the phenomenal world-wide success of the Gay Pride movement,” Camping wrote. “Thus we learn that God has planned today's situation of Gay Pride and same-sex marriages to show the world that it is on the threshold of Judgment Day. He has shown us that an obviously parallel situation exists between Sodom, when it was on the threshold of destruction, and the world of our day, which is on the threshold of destruction.”

(Theologians, however, are not uniformly in agreement that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality, saying instead that it was its neglect of needy travelers.)

In a separate press release located at the group's website, Camping suggests Jesus warned about the emergence of the gay rights movement.

“Jesus warned of several spiritual signs, such as the complete degradation of the Christian church, the devastating moral breakdown of society, the re-establishment of National Israel in 1948, the emergence of the 'Gay Pride Movement,' and the complete disregard of the Bible in all of society today as direct evidence of His return.”

Camping is not alone in suggesting that gay rights are a sign of the end of civilization.

Earlier this month, Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., the senior pastor of The New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, made a similar claim in an op-ed published at RenewAmerica.com.