Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has blamed gay marriage for the nation's economic downturn.

Perkins made his remarks alongside presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Wednesday morning at a Restore Marriage Rally in downtown Concord, New Hampshire, the Concord Monitor reported.

(Related: Rick Santorum suggests gay marriage wrecked the economy.)

During the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers in New Hampshire are expected to consider repealing the state's gay marriage law.

Perkins told the crowd that such a move would perk up the economy.

“You want to get the economy going again?” Perkins rhetorically asked a crowd of about three dozen people. “We need to put a focus on marriage and on children because that is our future. Look at the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and growing the GDP – we'll never grow the GDP with a shrinking population.”

Social conservatives are increasingly attempting to link the economy with social issues. Recent polls have found voters are fairly focused on fixing the ailing economy, not social issues. Only 3 percent of Republican-leaning voters say social issues are “the single most important issue” in deciding on a GOP candidate for president, while 51 percent say it's the economy, according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey.