Appearing on CNN's Crossfire, Ralph Reed, who heads the Christian conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition, incorrectly stated that all but four states legalized gay marriage by “judicial fiat.”

Conservative co-host S.E. Cupp challenged Reed on his opposition to marriage equality.

“I think Republicans should reclaim gay rights as a conservative issue, because I was under the impression that conservatism privileges limited government, marriage and family,” Cupp stated. “Tell me where I have that wrong.”

“Well, I think you're not only out of step with where the party is, I think you're out of step with where the people are. Thirty-six states and seventy percent of the American people currently define marriage as between a man and a woman. It was the position of all of the presidential candidates who were viable of both parties until as recently as 18 months ago. And, you know, S.E. even in the 14 states that have redefined marriage all but four of them have been by judicial fiat. It hasn't been done by the legislature. It hasn't been done by the people.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

As of Wednesday, after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs a marriage bill into law, there are 16 states plus the District of Columbia that allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. A majority of these laws were adopted either by state lawmakers or voters, they include Washington, Vermont, Minnesota, Illinois, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Marriage equality also came to the District of Columbia through the enactment of an ordinance approved by lawmakers.