A Minnesota lawmaker is under scrutiny for pro-homosexual remarks he made before a house panel arguing that being gay is "godly and holy."
Video of the lawmakers' speech quickly went viral on YouTube.
"How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God wants them around?" state Rep. Steve Simon, D-St. Louis Park, said.
"And how many gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether the living of their lives the way they wish as long as they don't harm others, is a godly, holy, and happy, and glorious thing?" he continued.
Rep. Simon urged members of the state's Civil Law Committee to vote "no" this week on a traditional marriage amendment. The measure would allow voters to decide the matter on the 2012 general election ballot.
Simon argued that sexual orientation is a gift from God and that religious justification should not be applied to ban same-sex marriage.
Randy Thomas, executive vice president with Exodus International disagreed, saying the ideology behind the lawmaker's remarks is convoluted.
Thomas spoke by phone with CBN News in response to Rep. Simon's remarks. Click play for his reaction.
"The theology behind that statement is so absent, it's very confusing," he said.
"The Lord is the author of every breath so every person who is alive on this planet today is here because the Lord ordained their existence. So of course he wants them here," he explained. "He wants them to know Him, He wants to love them, He wants to save them."
"That does not mean that He agrees with everything that we do or what we believe," Thomas continued.
"He loves us enough to tell us 'yes' when we are in line with His will and He loves us enough to tell us 'no,'" he said.
Gay marriage is not recognized under Minnesota law. The House committee passed the ballot amendment 10-7, making way for the people to decide in 2012.