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A Maryland pastor who invoked a Bible quote saying homosexuals are “worthy of death” at a Maryland Marriage Alliance meeting is standing by his comments.

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“That’s not my words,” said Reverend Robert Anderson (pictured) of the Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md., according to NBC Washington 4. “That’s from Romans Chapter 1 written by the Apostle Paul himself.”

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Speaking against Question 6 on Maryland’s ballot last week, Anderson said that “’knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death. Not only do the same’ – but watch this – ‘for those who also approve of those who practice these things.’ If we don’t vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death.”

Watch Robert Anderson make his “death” remarks:

The Marylanders For Marriage Equality, who support the bil, denounced Anderson’s comments. “We really think that it was very inappropriate for the Maryland Marriage Alliance to hold a panel where they used the words ‘worthy of death’ to describe gay and lesbian couples,” said Sultan Shakir, a member of the group.

Anderson argues that his comments are being taken out of context.

“Worthy of death in that they are promoting the lifestyle and they are promoting what same-sex marriage is all about, and that is what we’re standing against,” he said.

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