State Rep. Ron Highland Thursday said that he had made a mistake in sponsoring an anti-gay bill in the Kansas Legislature, and that he was having his name removed as a sponsor.

In a written statement to The Wamego Times newspaper, Highland said: “The bill that I should not have signed on to cosponsor contained some hateful language which I do not condone, and it is against our Lord’s command to love our neighbors. I have asked for my name to be removed from the bill. The process for doing so is in motion.”

The bill referred to same-sex marriages as “parody marriages” and sought to stop the state from recognizing them.

Highland, a Wamego Republican, said: “I trusted the author of the bill who is my office mate and signed on to several of his bills. Knowing that some of them were really important, I trusted that they all were, and that was not the case.

“I must admit it was a mistake, and apologize,” he said