Christian conservative Mat Staver on Monday claimed that efforts to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice are being financed by pedophilia advocates.

As head of Liberty Counsel, Staver represented Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after the Supreme Court ruled against state marriage bans that exclude couples based on sexual orientation. Davis' stand turned her into a Christian celebrity.

Staver made his comments on the Faith and Freedom radio program.

“The fact is we know sexual assaults occur. They are going to occur with or without these laws, there's no question about that. People commit sexual assaults, they commit them in buildings, they commit them in restrooms. But what you have now done, knowing that sexual assaults occur, knowing that they occur in these places where women are trapped and they can't get out, now what we've done, through these laws, is we've opened the door for every rapist and pedophile,” Staver said of laws that allow transgender people to use the bathroom they identify with.

“Frankly, when you look at some of the people behind the North Carolina law and some of these other laws, who are they? They have been identified, some of them that have been advocating this, as pedophiles. Some of this is being financed by those who are actively promoting pedophilia,” he added, referring to a Charlotte ordinance that the state has blocked.