Speaking for the Family Research Council (FRC), an adamantly anti-gay campaign group, Gary Bauer claimed that, despite many Republican losses, Mitt Romney only won in the state of North Carolina because of an anti-gay ad campaign.

Filling in for Tony Perkins, Bauer, who once held the top spot at the FRC, but left to run American Values, and the Campaign for Working Families, attacked President Obama for showing support for equal marriage, and said “if Martin Luther King Jr were alive today”, he would be opposed to his pro-gay rights stance.

Speaking on last year’s US presidential election, he went on to say that Obama had “twisted and distorted” the legacy of the civil rights movement.

“But in spite of all we’ve done, all of our work, everything that you’ve done at the grassroots level,” Bauer said, “we are right on the edge of losing that issue.”

Speaking to a caller from North Carolina later in the program, Bauer said that the only reason Romney won the state, and did not in any other swing-states, was because Bauer ran adverts there which attacked Obama’s positive stance on marriage equality, reports Right Wing Watch.

“We lost them all again except for one state and it was North Carolina,” he said. “I believe the only reason that Gov. Romney won North Carolina was because the voters of that state were reminded of that issue, so it’s a lesson I think for the Republican Party.”

Tony Perkins, who normally hosts the show, last month voiced his opinion that the Boy Scouts of America should leave intact its ban on gay volunteers members and staff, saying that a policy similar to the repealed ban on openly gay people serving in the military would be appropriate.

Late in January, Mr Perkins blamed the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell for suicides in the US military. DADT was repealed on 20 September 2011, amidst warnings that the US military would be aversely affected by the change.

Mr Perkins’ claims go against a study released in September, which revealed that the repeal, one year on, had no negative impact on the US military.