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Pastor tells congregation gays should be put in an electrified pen

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The reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage continues to roll in, and not all of it is positive.

A North Carolina pastor, identified in a YouTube video as Charles Worley, is shown telling his congregation that he's "not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover."

But he doesn't stop there.

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Lesbian and gay individuals should be put in an electrified pen, he says.

He found a way to "get rid" of the "lesbians and queers," he explains, but he "couldn't get it past the Congress."

Putting all gay and lesbian people behind an electrified fence, separated by gender (and dropping in food and supplies), would be an effective strategy, the pastor said, because in a few years they would "die out" – as same-sex couples are unable to reproduce.

North Carolina, of course, gained major notoriety in the debate over same-sex marriage earlier this month when it passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage solely as between a man and a woman.

Around the same time, another North Carolina pastor suggested that parents should hit, mock and even punch their children if they show any so-called signs of gay or lesbian behaviour.

That pastor later said his remarks were a joke. But no one appears to be laughing. And now, the new controversial sermon shows that the divisiveness over same-sex marriage is far from over.

Should these pastors be condemned for their behaviour? Or do they have a right to speak their minds?

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Carly Weeks has been a journalist with The Globe and Mail since 2007.  She has reported on everything from federal politics to the high levels of sodium in the Canadian diet. More

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