The main proponent of an effort to amend Minnesota's constitution to ban gay marriage has deleted documents linking gays to pedophilia and bestiality, the Minnesota Independent reported.

The president of the Christian conservative group Minnesota Family Council on Wednesday defended the documents, which first came to light Tuesday on the website

Tom Prichard told NPR that the documents get “into the nature of homosexuality and homosexual behavior.”

“The focus of this campaign is the nature and purpose of marriage – not a referendum of homosexuality per se, or its lifestyle activities and behaviors,” Prichard told the radio network. “I would see that as a separate issue.”

After Minnesota lawmakers on Saturday agreed to put the amendment on next year's ballot, Prichard said he hoped that Minnesotans could have a “respectful discussion” that refrains from becoming “personal.”

In the documents, the group claimed that gay people are more likely to be pedophiles, that being gay is a choice, that gay men and lesbians eat human excrement (feces and urine) and are not normal.

“The homosexual population includes a disproportionate number of pedophiles,” the group claims in it's “legislative manual.” “Many prominent homosexuals and organizations have the stated objective to remove age-of-consent laws from state statutes.”

“The social acceptance gay rights laws give to homosexual behavior creates a climate in which opportunities for homosexual behavior multiply.”

“Some homosexuals, especially lesbians, consciously choose a homosexual lifestyle as part of a political agenda.”

“Accepting homosexuals as 'normal' victimizes homosexuals themselves. If a person has a disorder, it is far worse to tell him that he is fine (and encourage him to blame society for problems associated with his disorder) than to point out his problem and offer a means of help.”

“What gay rights laws ask for is a special privilege for homosexual behavior not generally available to other groups identified by aberrant behavior – such as those who commit incest, adultery, bestiality or pedophilia.”

The group also objects to anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation and all forms of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples.