Charity head claims God will shoot lightning at White House over gay marriage

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The head of Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse has claimed that God will shoot lightning at the White House as punishment for same-sex marriage.

The claim was made by Franklin Graham, the son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham and President of international charity Samaritan’s Purse.

He is listed as a trustee of Samaritan’s Purse UK, which runs the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Ranting on Facebook about Barack Obama’s decision to light the White House up in rainbow colours, Graham claimed: “Right after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colours to celebrate.

“This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behaviour in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House.”

Mr Graham has previously claimed the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could lead to the “disintegration” of culture.

He previously claimed Canada has “suffered greatly” over equal marriage, claiming: “Canada began federally mandating same-sex marriage in 2005. What’s happened since then?

“One result has been that freedom of speech, press, and religion have suffered greatly.

“If you say or write anything questioning same-sex marriage, you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government!”

He has also previously said that Vladimir Putin is “doing what’s right for Russia” by implementing anti-gay policies.