Ryan T. Anderson of the conservative Heritage Foundation argues in a recent interview that Christians face stigma in coming out against marriage equality.

Anderson, the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and a vocal opponent of the Supreme Court's June ruling striking down state laws and constitutional amendments that exclude gay couples from marriage, argued that coming out gay was easier than coming out as a conservative evangelical in some circles.

“The day of the Obergefell decision, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors,” he said during Thursday's Unfinished Business: The Atlantic LGBT Summit. “Every prominent member of the Democratic Party is in favor of LGBT legislation. Most prominent, 89 percent of the Fortune 500 … voluntarily have enacted these protections.”

“What I see here is that if you are a conservative evangelical at a major law firm or at an Ivy League university, you have a much harder time coming out of the closet as a conservative evangelical than you do coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”

“[M]y experience at Princeton, and that was a decade ago, that it was much more of a contentious subject to say that you were opposed to same-sex marriage than to say that you were in favor of it,” he added.