As Germany celebrates their decision to legalise same-sex marriage, Russia is offering its gay community a one-way ticket out of the country on account of their sexuality.

According to recent reports, a Russian religious television channel is encouraging gay people to leave Russia and not return.

While appearing on Tsargrad TV, Russian television presenter, Andrei Afanasyev, made comments which are in keeping with the homophobic attitude prevalent in Russia.

"Just recently, California – the most liberal state in the USA by the way – proposed to facilitate the granting of green cards to Russian perverts," Andrei said.

"The staff of Tsargrad TV support this initiative," he told viewers of the Christian Orthodox-based channel.

"Moreover, we are ready to pay for a one-way ticket to anyone who plans to emigrate in complete earnest, and can provide a medical certificate proving that they are sodomites or have other forms of perversion."

"We really want you to move there, where you can openly submit to your sins." he added.

The footage was posted to Facebook in recent days, with one social media user commenting: "I'd like to give this lowlife a one-way ticket to go back to the Middle Ages."