For those unfamiliar with Leviticus 20:13, it reads: ‘If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.’.
He then said, to applause: ‘Both of these passages alone suffice to clarify unambiguously the church’s position on homosexuality’.
But Bastian Baumann, the director of Pink Cross, has rejected Huonder’s statement. The gay rights activist has said the call for the ‘reintroduction of the death penalty for gays’ has forced the group to seek criminal prosecution.
He said: ‘As a figure of authority within the church, Vitus Huonder accepts that his demand will meet with approval among Christians and other fundamentalists and could be followed obediently.’