Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), has criticized President Barack Obama for endorsing gay marriage.
The 79-year-old Farrakhan spoke at the San Diego Convention Center on Sunday.
Holding a copy of the Koran, the religious leader said: "Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female. Now don't you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate, he's homophobic. I'm not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot," Farrakhan said. "That's not our job, to be hateful of our people. Our job is to call us to sanity. Our job is call the people to righteous conduct."
Later Farrakhan said Newsweek was mocking the president by describing him as the "first gay president." (By which they meant he sympathized with the gay community.)
"Now you think they're not mocking him? The first gay president. Now I never heard from Michelle that our brother, you know, was absent from duty. But he's the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid." Related: Bishop Carlton Pearson speaks on Obama, marriage equality and a ‘gospel of inclusion'