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VETERAN South African gay rights champion, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 82, yesterday said that, if he had the choice, he’d rather go to hell that to a homophobic heaven.

In denouncing religions that discriminate against gays, Tutu said:

I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.

He made the remarks during the United Nations‘ launch of its gay-rights campaign in Cape Town.

Tutu also likened equal rights for gays to the fight for equal rights for blacks.

I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level.