New Jersey Representative Chris Smith has conceded that young people are increasingly supporting gay marriage, and suggested Hollywood and the Obama administration are to blame for the change.

Smith, an opponent of gay rights and abortion rights, made his comments in a National Catholic Register interview titled Defender of Life, Liberty and Marriage.

When asked about the subject, Smith answered: “There's something of a disconnect, perhaps because of the way Hollywood has portrayed the homosexual agenda. Both Obama and [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton are pushing the gay-rights agenda in all of our foreign policy. It is integrated into our human-rights reporting and human-rights data calls.”

The 58-year-old Smith, a Republican, added that gay rights had displaced traditional human rights in the Obama administration, and went on to deny that he's homophobic.

“I take the view of Mother Teresa: Hate the sin; love the sinner. There’s no animosity. I get so tired of people who say that if you’re against that agenda you’re homophobic. There’s nothing further from the truth. I hear it from members of Congress, but it has nothing to do with it. It’s about reverence for marriage and the importance of marriage. Look at what’s happening in D.C., where Catholics have been forced out of the adoption business; ditto in Massachusetts, where if you refuse homosexual adoptions you’re out; you can’t do it. So it is very serious.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) gave Smith a score of 5 out of 100 in its latest Congressional Scorecard, a measure of an elected officials' support for gay rights.

Smith chairs the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.