North Carolina State Senator James Forrester, the primary sponsor of a gay marriage ban, has equated gay people with cesspool.

Forrester has tried over the past eight years to get his constitutional amendment that would ban gay and lesbian couples from marrying through the General Assembly. On Tuesday, lawmakers decided to put the question up for a vote in May.

During a town hall meeting held last Thursday at Restoring Hope Foursquare Church in Dallas, North Carolina, Forrester called Asheville “a cesspool of sin.”

On Wednesday, he expanded on his thought in remarks to the Shelby Star: “It was kind of brought up in a church meeting we had and I don't know what prompted me to say that, but I distinctly remember a couple of weeks ago they were all out baring their breasts and everything up in Asheville. They have a lot of very liberal people. They have a lot of homosexuals that live in the Asheville area.”

“Asheville is just doing a lot of things that I don't like and I don't think a lot of people in the Asheville area like,” he added.

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