Controversial anti-LGBT pastor moves to Australia to launch church

A preacher from New Zealand who drew controversy for his sermon in July which included anti-gay comments has moved to Brisbane, Australia, with his family to establish a new church there.

(REUTERS / Mick Tsikas)The Brisbane River is seen flowing past the skyline of central Brisbane January 13, 2011.

In a Facebook post, Pastor Logan Robertson of WestCity Bible Baptist Church in Auckland revealed that he and his family had packed up and transferred to Brisbane after establishing a new church in the city. However, their beginnings there did not exactly start well as he was detained for nine hours at the airport, detailed.

As for his church in Auckland, Pastor Robertson said he would still be the pastor there. That branch would also become their "satellite church."

In July, Pastor Robertson drew flak after he included controversial comments about same-sex marriage in a sermon. He told his congregation that he was not against gays getting married, but added that they should be shot through the head when that happens.

"My view on homo marriage is that the Bible never mentions it, so I'm not against them getting married," said Robertson. "As long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss ... Because that's what it talks about — not homo marriage but homo death."

In May, he also called on New Zealand to impose the death penalty on gays because "sodomy is a sin" which God punished with death. He also said gays are not allowed to join the WestCity Bible Baptist Church.

Meanwhile, a police spokesperson told News Hub that they have decided to drop an investigation into Pastor Robertson over his anti-gay remarks because there was no evidence that he committed a crime. The decision was made after seeking legal advice on the matter.

Before the investigation was suspended, police said they were treating Pastor Robertson's remarks very seriously. They had also approached him and discussed personal and community safety, given the nature of his controversial comments.