Rick Santorum has called the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals “intolerant” for ruling California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

(Related: Court says gay marriage ban Prop 8 violates 14th Amendment.)

Santorum, who won GOP presidential nominating contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday, first criticized the court's long-awaited decision in a tweet to supporters late Tuesday.

“7M Californians had their rights stripped away today by activist 9th Circuit judges. As president I will work to protect marriage,” he messaged.

At campaign stop in McKinney, Texas on Wednesday, Santorum told supporters that the court was calling opponents of marriage equality “bigots.”

“Your belief of marriage between a man and a woman is purely irrational, based on hatred and bigotry. That's what they just wrote,” he said.

“You are bigots and haters.”

“Where is the tolerance of someone having a belief structure that is based in nature, that is based in reason, that is based in faith?” Santorum rhetorically asked. “The intolerance of the left, the intolerance of the secular ideology, it is a religion onto itself, it is just not a biblical-based religion. And it is the most intolerant – just like we saw from the days of the atheist in the Soviet Union.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)