Starnes, whose opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights is well-established, made the eyebrow-raising claim in a July 12 speech at the Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. As Raw Story pointed out, Starnes' speech was focused on the Supreme Court's historic June 25 ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Chick-fil-A, you may recall, was at the epicenter of a media firestorm in 2012 after President Dan Cathy, who is the son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, confirmed his fast f0od chain's support of the "biblical definition of the family unit" in an interview with the Baptist Press.
Starnes, of course, didn't stop there, suggesting that same-sex marriage was indicative of a "war on religious liberty" that is specifically targeting Christians.
"The Supreme Court may have re-defined marriage, but God hasn't re-defined anything," he proclaimed, defending business owners that have spoken out against same-sex marriage by turning away LGBT patrons, before the audience erupted with applause. "The Supreme Court's decision now means that gay rights trump religious liberty, and churches and faith-based organizations must prepare for the lawsuits and government investigations that are on the way."
Before arguing that Christians needed to "stand together with one voice," he declared, "They may demand to know the content of our prayers, they may try to shut down our bakeries, they may try to silence our voices, but we will not be silenced! We will not be intimidated!”