Christian Conservative Gary Bauer, president of American Values, claims Martin Luther King Jr. would be “mortified” that marriage equality activists have “hijacked” the civil rights movement.

In an interview with Matthew Hagee, host of The Hagee Hotline, Bauer was asked about the Supreme Court's decision to hear cases challenging restrictive marriage bans in four states.

“There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that says that same-sex marriage has to be the law of the land,” the former president of the Family Research Council (FRC) said.

Citing other social issues such as abortion and mandatory school prayer, Bauer added: “I think what we've seen is the concept of civil rights being hijacked by all kinds of people who, I believe, if Martin Luther King were alive today, he would be mortified by.”

“I think Dr. King, being a pastor, would've certainly understood the biblical definition of marriage, and I think he would've been a powerful voice … for strengthening the family, for the need for children to be raised with mothers and fathers.”

Right Wing Watch points out that King opposed mandatory school prayer and supported Planned Parenthood. And King's widow, the late Coretta Scott King, was a vocal supporter of gay rights.

In 2004, she told USA Today that she was opposed to a constitutional amendment excluding gay couples from marriage.

“Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil unions,” she said. “A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriage.”