Jim Daly, CEO and president of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, linked gay marriage to polygamy in conceding that a majority of Americans support the institution.

Daly, who took over leadership of the group after founder James Dobson stepped aside, made his remarks during an interview in the June 4 issue of World Magazine.

When asked how things stand on the issue, Daly replied: “We're losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age – demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost on that one.”

“Focus on the Family finally got something right—the American people are rejecting their anti-gay toxic rhetoric and punitive politics, and are siding with loving and committed couples seeking the freedom to marry,” Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement. “With six national polls now confirming that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, it’s time for Focus on the Family and other anti-gay industry activists to move on and, ideally, redirect their resources toward tackling the real problems gay and non-gay Americans could be confronting together in these tough economic times.”

On Friday, a Gallup survey found a large majority (70%) of adults under 35 and a majority of Americans (53%) support marriage equality. It was the latest in a string of polls with similar findings.

Daly went on to link gay marriage to polygamy.

“We've got to look at what God is doing in all of this,” he added. “Have we done such a poor job with marriage, is He so upset with our mishandling of it in the Christian community, along with our lust of the flesh as a nation, that He is handing us over to this polygamy and same-sex situation in order to, perhaps, drive the Christian community, the remnant, into saying, 'OK, there's no-fault divorce in our church'?”