BY Julie Bolcer

November 27 2009 9:00 AM ET

The mayor of Vallejo, Calif., remains under fire for comments he made to The New York Times last week saying that gay people are “committing sin” and will be denied entry to heaven.

Mayor Osby Davis, a devout member of the Assemblies of God, was quoted in an article that examined the growing influence of evangelicals on politics in the economically struggling Bay Area town. He referred to Vallejo as a "city of God."

“They’re committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven,” Davis told The New York Times. “But you don’t hate the person. You hate the sin that they commit.”

Gay leaders in Vallejo are calling for the mayor, who has since apologized, to be censured. A protest is planned for the steps of City Hall this Tuesday. The organizer, Father Lou Bordisso, is a gay priest in a Catholic sect not affiliated with the Vatican.

Davis, a former Solano County supervisor, defeated a gay candidate, Gary Cloutier, in a recount by just two votes to become mayor in 2007.

KGO TV spoke with Davis about his remarks. Watch the video below.

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