Ralph Reed, who heads the Christian conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition, said during last week's Road to Majority summit that courts have imposed gay marriage in all but 6 of the 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, where it is legal.

According to Yahoo! News, Reed argued that all looked lost for the abolitionist movement in 1857 after the Supreme Court in Dred Scott v. Sanford ruled that African-Americans were not free citizens. Reed then drew a connection to marriage equality.

“The battle looked like it was lost, but it really wasn't,” he said. “And that's kind of like where we are right now. Anybody heard lately that we're losing the marriage issue? Anybody heard that argument? You notice some similarities? I'm not comparing slavery to same-sex marriage, OK?”

“Only six of [the states], six out of those 17, six out of 50, had done it by referendum or by state legislature [before the Supreme Court ruled last year in Windsor]. In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn't do it on the country because the country didn't agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn't agree with same-sex marriage.”

Reed's assertions are simply untrue. Eleven states adopted marriage equality either legislatively or through the ballot box, including 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.

Additionally, nationwide polls which show a majority of Americans support marriage equality date back to 2010. A survey of 4,509 Americans conducted in February by the Public Religion Research Institute found 69 percent of young adults under 33 favor allowing gay couples to marry.