Christian conservative Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), claims in an interview that gay marriage foes are on the “winning side” of history

Perkins made his remarks during an appearance on the Point of View radio program, where he discussed his participation at a marriage conference hosted last month by the Vatican.

At the conference, Pope Francis praised the complementarity “between man and woman” but also said that the family was changing.

Still, Perkins likened the event, and presumably the pope's words, to receiving a pep talk when your team is down.

“It was like being in the locker room,” Perkins said. “You're down at halftime. You're several touchdowns behind. You really just don't see any way forward. And you get a pep talk in the locker room and you're ready to go back out on the field and win the game.”

“This was a moment to step back and get it into perspective of world history, human history, and say, 'You know what? We are on the winning side,'” Perkins added. “This idea that we're on the wrong side of history; no, we're on the side of the one who wrote history and we will prevail in this.”