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Rev. Jamal Bryant (Courtesy Photo)

Gay rights organizations in St. Petersburg, Fla. are asking for prominent Baltimore pastor the Rev. Jamal Bryant to be uninvited as the keynote speaker at the 30th annual MLK Leadership Award Breakfast on Jan. 18 because of past remarks he has made about homosexuality.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Bryant denounced homosexuality in a 2012 YouTube video, calling it a sin and put it on the same level as gambling and drug addiction.

“Homosexuality is not the only sin,” Bryant said in the nine-minute-long video clip. “But it is a sin. It is an alternative lifestyle. It’s an alternative rebellion.”

Susan McGrath, chairwoman of the Pinellas County Democratic Party and president of the Stonewall Democrats, believes that his views of homosexuality are not in line with King’s message of love and inclusion.

McGrath also said that Bryant’s stance goes against St. Petersburg’s image as a diverse and welcoming city.

“The city has made a lot of progress,” McGrath told the Times. “It casts an unfair shadow on St. Petersburg.”

According to the Times, McGrath said she attended the banquet last year, but does not plan on attending this year with Bryant being slated to speak.

Further objections came from Eric Skains, the executive director of St. Petersburg Pride.

“Hopefully, the organization comes to the right side of the equation on this,” Skains told the Times.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has also refused a request to present Bryant with a key to the city.

Nonetheless, State Rep. Darryl Rouson said he believes Bryant should be allowed to speak. Darryl Rouson’s wife, Angela Rouson, organized the event.

“I’m certainly not going to jump on the bandwagon,” Darryl Rouson told the Times.

Rouson said Bryant’s appearance may provide an opportunity for the Baltimore pastor to change his views on same-sex marriage.

Bryant is the pastor of Empowerment Temple, a 12,000-member mega-church in Northwest Baltimore. Bryant became nationally known in 2012 when he stood next to the family of Trayvon Martin. According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore’s NBC affiliate, he briefly contemplated making a run for the House seat held by Elijah Cummings.