(WMC-TV) – A Mississippi lawmaker is trying to clarify his comments about gay marriage after drawing criticism for his opinion on the issue.
After President Barack Obama came out in support of same sex marriage, Republican representative Andy Gipson took to his Facebook page.
Gipson, who is also a Baptist preacher, made references to biblical scripture in his disapproval of same sex marriage.
One of those scriptures was Leviticus 20:13, which states if a man has sexual relations with a man, they are to be put to death.
Gipson is receiving support, but others say his comments go too far.
An online petition is now demanding that he apologize for his comments and encouraging Gipson to meet with Mississippi LGBT organizations.
Gipson once again took to his Facebook page and said he will not apologize for what he called the "inspired truth of God's word."
In a statement he said, "I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people. I believe all people are created in the image of god and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life."
Gipson said he has received threats and at least one death threat to his family. His Facebook page was taken offline.