Texas Rep. Bill Flores on Tuesday suggested that allowing gay couples to marry contributed to the conditions which led to the Baltimore riots.

During an appearance on Washington Watch radio, Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), stated that Congress is the “last stop” to fix “problems.”

“And a lot of these problems are created by the breakdown of the family, which the redefinition of marriage would only accelerate,” Perkins asserted.

“You're exactly right, Tommy,” responded Flores, a Republican.

“Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that's best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.”

Maryland began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in December 2012 and couples began exchanging vows on New Year's Day.

Additionally, Flores claimed that 80 percent of Americans are opposed to the Supreme Court legalizing marriage for gay couples in all 50 states. According to an AP poll conducted earlier this month, 50 percent of those interviewed said “the Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide,” while 48 percent disagreed.