Rick Santrorum believes young people are increasingly supporting gay rights because the “statists” in the gay community have silenced the church's message.

Santorum joined other Christian conservatives outraged that Houston attorneys defending the city's gay-inclusive anti-discrimination law would subpoena the sermons of pastors in connection with a failed attempt to put the law on the ballot in November.

(Related: Ted Cruz: Pastors may soon be “hauled off to jail” for opposing marriage equality.)

“I really believe in this subject matter at hand with the gay community that a Judeo-Christian worldview cannot survive with a worldview that is as rabidly secular as this movement is,” Santorum, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC).

“One is going to battle the other and I can tell you that the statists, these secular statists, do not want the competition that comes from the church and so they are going to do everything they can to marginalize them, to force them out of the public square to be quiet.”

As a result, young people, Santorum claimed, have not heard from the church.

“The arguments are being won among young people. We are losing in this particular area among young people not because we’re out there and competing, it’s because they have effectively silenced the church on a lot of those issues and young people don’t even know what the opposing view is on these issues,” Santorum said.