Sam Trombley, the Majority Leader of the lawmaking body of Clinton County, New York, on Wednesday warned of an HIV epidemic in New York if a gay marriage bill is approved.

The Republican made his remarks during a meeting of the Clinton County Legislature, the Press Republican reported.

“I'm surprised the health department has not come out against this because we are going to have an HIV epidemic if this passed,” the Ellenburg lawmaker said.

“They [the health department] are always complaining about tobacco and smoking, I'm surprised they didn't say anything about this.”

Trombley, 74, went on to suggest gay unions are unnatural: “You don't see two male dogs sleeping in the same dog house together.”

“It blows my mind to think of it,” he added.

Clinton County is wedged in between Vermont on its eastern border and Canada to its north – a state and a country where gay marriage is legal.

On Thursday, Trombley said he stood by his remarks: “I've had a lot of calls from people thanking me for standing up for this. We are in for a lot of problems if this passes.”