Ricky Martin's request for a Honduran visa is being challenged by an ecumenical group of religious leaders who say the singer sets a bad moral example for the country's youth, Honduran daily El Heraldo reported.

Church leaders are reportedly demanding that the Honduran government deny a visa to Martin, who is set to perform in the country on October 16 at the Chochi Sosa stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of his Musica+Alma+Sexo (MAS) worldwide tour.

Africo Madrid, the minister of interior of Honduras, told the paper that Evangelical and Catholic leaders argue that Martin's nuclear family “is not the type of family that the laws of Honduras and the Honduran society wants to build and encourage to young people and the rest of the population.”

The officials must act to “protect the moral and ethical principles of our society,” Madrid added.

Martin came out gay last year on his blog – writing that he was “a fortunate homosexual man” – and subsequently talked about his experience in his memoir Me. The 39-year-old Martin lives with his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez and his twin sons Mateo and Valentino.

The Honduran secretary of state's office has denied receiving any requests to deny Martin entry into the country.

(Related: Ricky Martin will lead Puerto Rico to “hell,” pastor Wanda Rolon says.)