Louisiana Senator David Vitter, a Republican who is campaigning for the Louisiana Governor's Mansion, said this week that marriage equality will “unleash assaults” against Christians opposed to such unions.

Vitter, who is best known for his involvement in a prostitution scandal, made his comments during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge.

Supporters of the Supreme Court's June ruling striking down gay marriage bans, Vitter told a Jefferson Baptist Church audience, want their views “shoved down the throats of folks who have sincerely held religious views that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

“[The high court's ruling] will clearly unleash all sorts of assaults against conservative Christians who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And make no mistake about it, those assaults are coming on churches, pastors and believers who are trying to live their faith in a quiet but important way, including in terms of how they choose to live their lives and run their businesses.”

“They want to make believers like us second-class citizens,” Vitter claimed. “They want to completely push us out of the public square and in some cases persecute folks who simply want to live their faith in terms of how they do business and other things.”

Vitter also endorsed a proposed bill that protects people opposed to marriage equality based on their religious beliefs.