Rabbi Yehuda Levin, a strong opponent of gay rights, has blamed gay marriage for the kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, progressive blog ThinkProgress.org reported.

According to reports, Kletzky disappeared on July 11 walking from school to meet his parents. Police have charged a local supply store clerk, Levi Aron, with the abduction and murder of the boy. Parts of the boy's remains were found in a refrigerator-freezer in Aron's apartment.

In a 10-minute video posted on YouTube.com, Levin links support for gay marriage to the boy's killing.

“Why was this [death of Kletzky] allowed to happen? Let’s think about it. If we go back to the cause, the effect was he was the victim, but the cause was a Jew [Yiddish] that the evil will come to destroy you within your midst. … For too long we have been turning our cheek, we have been turning away and ignoring the agenda of the descendants of Amalek [evil] — first they [gay men and women] wanted rights, then they wanted adoption, they wanted special protections, and ultimately they wanted marriage — and we all know that we did precious little. If those three or fourth thousand people [who searched for the boy when we went missing], at the direction of the greater Israel and their leaders and their common sense, would have come out, maybe, against the marriage, against this final nail in the coffin of morality … maybe we wouldn’t have had to had this episode of Amalek [evil] replay itself. This is a time for introspection.”

“This came in the very aftermath of the marriage bill, my dear friends, and not doing anything,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Levin is expected to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) July 24 4-city demonstration in protest of the first gay marriages in New York.