An outspoken and controversial Catholic leader claims that procreation, not love, is the reason why two people get married.

In an interview on Current TV's "Viewpoints" last week, Catholic League President Bill Donohue covered a favorite topic -- gay marriage -- claiming the "idea of two men getting married is the most bizarre idea in human history."

Christians, said Donohue, have an obligation to follow natural law. "Everyone knows in their right mind that the whole purpose of marriage is to have a family," he told host John Fugelsang. "It’s not about making people happy. It’s not about love." Every child needs a father and a mother, he continued, citing "social and psychological attributes."

Fugelsang countered by stating that many gay couples have raised healthy, well-adjusted children; but Donohue said data on such households was too recent to prove anything.

“As I remember, the Ten Commandments said, ‘Honor thy mother and thy father.’ It didn’t say, ‘Honor thy father and thy father,’" Donohue continued.

"Aren't you tired of carrying this banner against gay equality?" Fugelsang later asked. "Where in scripture does it say that we have to treat our gay brothers and sisters like second-class citizens?"

"No one has a right to get married," Donohue said.

Anyone who has followed the long and virulently anti-gay career of Donohue at the Catholic League shouldn't be surprised by these comments, however.

In 2011, Donohue released a statement calling AIDS a “self-inflicted wound,” and said homosexuals who did not follow the teachings of the Church would “self-destruct.”


Last May, Donohue told Piers Morgan
"there is no substitute for a marriage between a man and a woman. I want the law to discriminate against straight people who live together ... I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles, against gays and unions."

He has also insisted that the Catholic sex abuse scandal is a homosexual crisis.

(Hat tip, New Civil Rights Movement)

Click through the slideshow to see the most and least Catholic states in the United States:

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  • Massachusetts

    44,905 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Rhode Island

    44330 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Jersey

    36,799 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Connecticut

    35056 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New York

    32443 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Illinois

    28439 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Mexico

    28407 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Pennsylvania

    27578 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • California

    27469 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Louisiana

    26490 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Wisconsin

    25,066 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • North Dakota

    24,881 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • New Hampshire

    23,626 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Minnesota

    21,689 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Vermont

    20,503 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Nebraska

    20,414 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Delaware

    20,328 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Texas

    18,586 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Hawaii

    18,350 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • South Dakota

    18,286 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Michigan

    17,375 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Ohio

    17,272 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Nevada

    16,703 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Iowa

    16514 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Colorado

    16138 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Kansas

    14952 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Arizona

    14549 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Maryland

    14503 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Maine

    14311 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Florida

    13371 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Montana

    12898 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • District of Columbia

    12622 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Missouri

    12094 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Washington

    11664 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Indiana

    11532 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Wyoming

    10862 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Oregon

    10408 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Virginia

    8422 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Kentucky

    8291 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Idaho

    7872 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Alaska

    7162 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Georgia

    6156 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Utah

    5793 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • West Virginia

    5173 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Oklahoma

    4756 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Arkansas

    4206 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Alabama

    4198 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • North Carolina

    4121 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • South Carolina

    3929 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Mississippi

    3791 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

  • Tennessee

    3504 Catholic adherents per 100,000 people.

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