Desmond Tutu voiced his support for gay rights at the launch of a United Nations Free and Equal campaign on South Africa on Friday.
The 81-year-old activist and retired archbishop criticized religions that condemn LGBT people and equated his passion for gay rights to his passion for fighting against South African apartheid in the past, according to the Huffington Post.
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this," Tutu said.
Gay relationships are legal in South Africa, but violence and discrimination against LGBT people is still prevalent, said a United Nations representative at the launch, according to the International Business Times.
South Africa has seen some of the worst crimes against people in same-sex relationships, the representative added.
Gay unions are banned in one-third of African countries and are considered crimes punishable by death in five of those countries.
“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” Tutu said. “No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.”